On Offer – Art Jewelry Forum
July 2023, Part 2
There are so many reasons to purchase art jewelry…
- Celebrate that hard-earned promotion
- Honor a once-in-a-lifetime occasion
- Pay tribute to a major accomplishment
- Commemorate the beginning of a new relationship or the end of one
- Pounce on the perfect piece to round out an aspect of your collection
- Or invest in a treat for yourself—just because
Art Jewelry Forum’s international gallery supporters celebrate and exhibit art jewelry. Our monthly On Offer series allows this extensive network of international galleries to showcase extraordinary pieces personally selected to tempt and inspire you. Take a look. You’re bound to find a fantastic piece you simply can’t live without! (Please contact the gallery directly for inquiries.)
This brooch is part of the ongoing exhibition Wild Grasses, Chance and Seeds of Desire, at gallery Viceversa. Korean maker Hee-Ang Kim states that “… the vast underground roots of mushrooms, it humbles us as human beings. Just like mushrooms, we humans bloom and disappear, and we are decomposed by fungi and contribute to the interaction with other organisms in the natural cycle. Reflecting on different species is always an intriguing concept. Though we may seem different, in the end, we all return to the earth. This realization humbles me as a human animal living on this planet.”
When is an air freshener a jewel? When it is the centerpiece of a necklace by American artist Timothy Veske-McMahon. As in his prior series, Glyph and Borne, Vanillaroma balances Dada humor with purposefully perplexing iconography. Combining intellect, emotion, signifiers, and things, Veske-McMahon impels us to view the world in all its variety and nuance. Persistently striving to make objects that are, as he states, “confounded enough to avoid … sudden definition and compartmentalization by prior experience,” he, nonetheless, draws his ideas from fundamental human needs: communication, relationships, and home.
Raïssa Bump holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and she studied with Giampalo Babetto at Alchimia, in Florence, Italy. Bump focuses on creating both one-of-a-kind jewelry and collections in her making practice. Her work is fueled by how humans show up in their days, how they present themselves, and the rituals of everyday life with special objects. Through teaching, facilitating, and writing, she offers ideas and practices about jewelry and knitting technique, the creative process, professional practices (including atypical ones related to wellness, mindset, and habits), and how they all integrate with our day-to-day lives.
Stefania Lucchetta’s works are the result of a long and deep research on shapes, materials, and new techniques. Since the late 90s, her research has been focused on overcoming the boundaries imposed by traditional materials and production techniques, creating jewelry—made of biocompatible resin, polyamide, titanium, or stellite—that keeps pushing the limits of new technologies.
This is an early piece by Michelle Nawaz. Nawaz’s deliberate placement of components makes this piece intriguing and sculptural, looking great both worn and on display.
As usual with Sophie Hanagarth, this work, made for the exhibition La Rhétorique du Lobe, which was presented at Galerie Viceversa and Reverso Gallery, mixes humor and an acute critical sense of the society in which we live. Obus is a series of earrings made from a thin sheet of iron in which we see Hanagarth’s immense creativity and technical mastery.
Gallery: Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, bijoux et objets contemporains, Montreal, Canada (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Noel Guyomarc’h (click gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Paul Derrez
Retail price: €320
Paul Derrez plays with color and reflection. The hammered silver rim radiates around the matte translucent center, creating a magical hue.
Gallery: In the Gallery at Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY, US (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Brian Weissman (click gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Patricia Domingues
Retail price: US$660
“Through my artistic practice,” states Patricia Domingues, “I have been exploring fracturing movements in both artificial and natural materials. What specifically intrigues me is the tension between intentional acts, such as cutting into the material, and uncontrolled accidents, such as fractures. Through the will to control, the fractures develop and are liberated as the material inevitably cracks in release. The lines, fractures, and cuts visible in my work are always the result of repetitive gestures performed on the material and its responsive language.”
These painterly earrings have an energetic feel. Kat Cole is using a traditional sgraffito technique with enamel, scratching the surface to reveal the oxidized sterling silver underneath.
Gallery: Galeria Tereza Seabra, Lisbon, Portugal (click the gallery name to link to the website)
Contact: Tereza Seabra (click gallerist’s name for email)
Artist: Typhaine le Monnier
Retail price: €100 per earring, plus shipping
Venus at Sea follows Venus’s journey to the seas, recounting the underwater treasures, the mythical creatures that emerge from the sand, and the enchanting pearls of rare colors that she encounters along the way.
This playful, poetic brooch from the blu-men series is a perfect example of Danni Schwaag’s intuitive approach to the medium of jewelry.
Amy Lemaire is a true pioneer within the glass community and has perfected the balance of science and art. While working as a florist, Lemaire began studying pollen after developing an occupational allergy to flowers. Glass technology via lenses and microscopes allowed her to study these organisms and connect her to nature. Recently, the global pandemic brought greater awareness to the microscopic landscape of viruses and germs. Lemaire takes her scientific findings and renders them into wearable glass art. Lemaire states, “Pollen Count collection is a metaphor not only for the human connection to nature but also for intellectual cross-pollination.”
Linnéa Eriksson’s work is a reflection of her surroundings. Her creativity has its origin in the urban—in the rough surfaces of the city and in structured geometric shapes. She draws her inspiration from pieces of metal, from the feeling of a heavy beat, and from bursts of color from within spray cans. It’s when fusing traditional goldsmith techniques with modern street expression that her jewelry finds its meaning.