Sophia Vari
Thétis, 2011
18ky yellow gold ring
4 x 3 cm
edition of 6
signed and numbered

Thétis  was a goddess of the sea and the leader of the fifty Nereids. Like many other sea gods she possessed the gift of prophesy and power to change her shape at will. Thétis was also best known for being the mother of the greek  hero Achilles.

Sophia Vari’s approach to jewelry, came at a time in which the artist’s busy and international schedule wouldn’t allow her time in the studio. To fill the creative gap, Vari began producing mini versions of her monumental sculptures using plasticines. Despite the significantly reduced size, the same attention and preoccupations that permeates her large-scale work were applied to the smaller ones and eventually become at the basis for her jewellery design making her an incredibly versatile and unique artist. Produced in monumental scale or as table pieces, monochrome or coloured, her bold, dynamic and yet elegant sculptures portray the artist’s profound respect for the material, which is only of the higher quality, and her interest in the process, in which she is an active participant. Another quality shared by all her sculptures, and one which the artist pays particular attention to, is the relationship between the object and the space it occupies. Specifically, how they activate one another and, eventually, activate the viewer as well.

Just like for her sculptural or pictorial work, only the highest materials are used in the making of her jewelry that wisely and graciously combine gold, silver, wood, ebony, leather, root emerald and sapphire among others. Like the sculptures are in a dialogue with the surrounding space, so her jewelries are conceived with the idea to be in relation with the body and activate it.



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