March 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.)
Hanna Liljenberg grew up surrounded by the harsh environments and salty seaside rocks on the Swedish west coast. The aesthetics of the landscape colors her work. Pale pink shapes made of paper contrast with black burned brass—almost like heather growing on dark granite. They are flower shapes growing on branches, or maybe they are decorated or even infected veins carrying blood.
To elaborate her register of symbols, Sophie Hanagarth (CH/FR) dissects the cultural heritage of our society, drawing inspiration from popular myths as much as from religious art. Questioning our habits, she shatters the lure of our material values, chiseling with a nimble and precise hand the poorest materials. With finesse and a sense of volume, she forges iron. Her reflections on the meaning of the adornment allow a joyful liberation from the tragic nature of the lightness of existence.
Kim Buck is a goldsmith and artist based in Copenhagen since the 80s. The merit list is long, with honorary assignments, exhibitions, prizes, and recognitions. This pin is an example of Buck’s typical idiosyncratic sense of humor—a heart filled with symbols and covered with a nonstick surface, like elusive love itself.
Kelly Ann Temple is an artist and jeweler who is interested in our relationship with medical interventions. She is both fascinated by, and fearful of, the body’s ability to adapt, accept, reject, and repair. Temple works in materials and forms that reframe her thoughts about the disparate connections between the organic and inorganic, the living and non-living, the human and machine. Her work addresses ideas of surface, acceptance, and transformation as it captures intimate moments where the biological and mechanical touch.
Caio Mahin maintains his humorous way of expressing himself with this new body of work, transporting us to a happy childhood with candy-colored papier-mâché scented like little bonbons.
Like ancient treasures pulled from the bottom of the sea, Barry Clark’s jewels are rich and raw, revealing their ancient Grecian influences. Working masterfully with unpolished gems, gold, and silver, he makes gestural, symbolic pieces that feel powerful and unpretentious. “I was born in Surrey, England, in 1946,” says the artist, “but have lived in New Zealand on and off since the 80s and permanently since 1991. I have always painted and studied art informally. I am a self-taught painter and jewelry maker. I am influenced by the Minoan, Cycladic, and Celtic cultures, as well as the modern artists Brancusi, Picasso, Giacometti, and Marini.”
A brand-new refreshing and spring-like series by Carina Shoshtary.
Floor Mommersteeg’s recent collections feature nylon thread that she transforms into intricate, flamboyant pieces which spark the imagination. A wide range of techniques, from melting to connecting and flattening, results in artfully detailed networks. Poetic, with organic leaf shapes, or all cubist angles, these delicate structures translate into robust, eye-catching forms when worn.