Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winter neckpiece

Inari Kiuru, Winter (from Winter Thoughts-series) 2010-14

Stainless steel and brass safety pins, sterling silver and 9c gold catch, enamel, enamel paint, varnish.
300 mm x 150mm x 80mm.

Winter is an interpretation of the artist’s native Northern European urban landscape in late December. Tree branches dark and bare; old stone buildings wet with rain, now newly covered with snow. And underneath the cool surface, hundreds of lines follow and cross each other, bound together, layer upon layer, perhaps with a little sting inside. Like people, like cities, like history.
Season upon season ... 
- Inari Kiuru

This piece was exhibited last spring (October 2014) as part of M.contemporary gallery's Intimately Connected-exhibition, curated by Michelle Paterson, in Woollahra, Sydney.

"Jewellery art like many other forms of fine art has the intention to express a sophisticated and well-developed concept or narrative through its display and materials. Artists investigate different topics to create individual pieces covering a broad spectrum of ideas and motivations; a piece of contemporary jewellery has the ability to take on the role of adornment with charisma, class and presence." - Gallery exhibition media

The safetypins have been woven together by interlinking (lock & secure). Liquid, industrial white enamel–powdered glass with a clay like agent– has then been painted onto the structure, and the piece has been fired with a big gas & oxygen torch to fuse the enamel onto the steel at approximately 800 degrees Celcius. Enamel paint has been applied at places to add bright highlights. The catch is hand forged from 9 carate gold and sterling silver.

The very happy new owner of the piece, Dr Gene Sherman of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Dr Sherman also opened the exhibition) with the artist who's gone quiet with joy. I'm wearing a brooch from the same series, fabricated similarly to the neckpiece.

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