Man Ray Swan, 2017
18kt recycled gold with recycled silver sculptural ring
1.9 x 6.5 cm
edition of 6
unique within the series
initialled and hallmarked
Quoting the simplistic symbolic imagery from Man Ray, we see Decker incorporate the Dada and Surrealist movements into expressing the figure of a swan. She incorporates that grace and serenity often associated with swans, manipulated through the metal. Decker is very understanding of the materials she uses: she incorporates contrasting metals, silver and gold, both have different malleabilities, and combines them into a vividly coloured wearable sculpture.
The award winning, internationally exhibited artist jeweller, with pieces in several museum collections including the V&A sculpts movement into powerful minimalist forms for her first solo show at the gallery.
Sensuous undulations characterize the new Waves series created for this exhibition. Expressing the beauty of nature through abstractions, Ute Decker is arresting time to take a closer look at the movement of waves, usually so fleeting.