Foglia (Leaf)

Giuseppe Penone
Foglia (Leaf), 2011
Twig (4.6 x 10.8 x 1.9 cm)
Leaf (8.6 x 3.2 x 0.1 cm)
Chain (33 cm)
24 kt yellow gold, bronze and 18 kt yellow gold necklace
Edition of 10
GP on the reverse of the leaf
Edition sold out

“The imprint of the skin, the lines of the hand, nails and veins draw, literally and metaphorically, a network that links us to the leaves and trees, water and stones, animals.” – Giuseppe Penone

Giuseppe Penone, member of the Arte Povera group, throughout his career explored the connections between natural and cultural forms. In the early 1970s the artist used his body as his principal subject, projecting images drawn from the surface of his skin on to plaster casts of his face or on to wall surfaces. The connection between man and nature is also transferred into the collaboration project with Elisabetta Cipriani resulting in Foglia (Leaf), a necklace of a twig and a pure gold leaf with an imprint of Penone’s palm

The jewellery project “Foglia” in collaboration with Elisabetta Cipriani is part of the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

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