Magma Clasp Belt

Liliane Lijn
Magma Clasp Belt
Black leather belt with silver clasp
Edition of 8 + 1AP


This belt is an incredible example of Lijn’s awareness of how we wear different materials in different contexts.  Evocative of her visual abstractions and material manipulations, her concept of the primal earth are finely tuned with the geological sciences. The elements of the belt clasp resemble the same characteristics of the highly volatile liquid magma that keeps the planet alive and constantly rotating. This same magma that reaches the surface from volcanic eruptions, maintains the cycle of life and death, are drawn into continuous momentum of renewal and vitality that Lijn echoes in her Magma and Fossil series.

The way this belt  so fittingly encase the wearer’s wrist engages in a very personal dialogue with Lijn’s motifs of the primal earth. In a very personal, meditative approach with these pieces, Lijn begins her pieces by manipulating a clump of very hot wax  to create the shapes and form.  The high temperature, although stung her skin as she works with the wax by hand, the malleable nature of the wax manipulated the mass to resemble the magma of the earth. As technology has allowed her to work with a diverse range of materials in her sculptural work; instead of cast metal, electro-forming was used to carefully reflect the same earthen surface texture reinforced into incredibly unique fashion pieces.

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