6 make a bridge from Europe
9 Sept - 28 Oct 2017

Curator Elizabeth Turrell has brought 6  invited artists, designers, jewellers and makers together. The contributors are all European, with representation from the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain and Italy. These artists work in a variety of media, including vitreous enamel, metal and found objects.

Elizabeth Turrell has been collaborating with majority of these exhibitors for many years, as she is an internationally renown enamel artist, lecturer and curator of exhibitions.

 

Ramón Puig Cuyàs – Villanova, Spain

A memory, a theme, a form or a word can be the trigger of action, the beginning. With the drawing, on a blank paper, the first explorations begin, draw by combining and recombining the elements, looking for harmony or contrast between the parts, balance or tension. Discover in each drawing the potentiality of many other possibilities. The exploratory game continues when the drawing passes a working directly with the materials. It is the most important moment for me, when any material, wood, metal, stone, plastic, small pieces or fragments found is not known from what source it serves to build a network of relationships in which each element must occupy its right place in the composition. To provoke, to seek what I have in my hands, little by little cease to be an inert object and turn into an object with its own life. Making the object appear something that is not defined in advance, and that becomes a metaphor, a reflection of my inner world.

Christine Graf – Munich, Germany

A colourful piece of rubbish – a rusty and deformed crown cap – a little flower between cobblestones – cloud formations – ripped down billboards.
The images and emotions of everyday impressions arise a complex and multifaceted ‘visual sound’. My hands, my mind, the materials I use are in a constant dialogue to transform this impression into a piece of jewellery.

Industrial manufactured copper mesh gives me the possibility to form the shapes directly with my hands following my instincts. Using traditional textiles techniques – transformed into metal – I try to change the aesthetic quality of the meshes surface structure. The subsequent application of coloured enamel starts an intensive and open process; in many separate fired layers the immanent character of the piece evolves.

As a result it seems if the metal body is reduced: covered by the enamel it loses its structural qualities and in turn takes on a new visual and metaphorical identity.

Judy McCaig – Barcelona, Spain

Wandering With Intent
Bird on a wing
sees
freedom
libertad,
nature, natura morte
meanings obscure,
fragments
from another
beginning.
The journey
takes
unplanned, unimagined turns.
Mistakes
feelings, instincts
lead to
destinations
long forgotten.

Christoph Straube – Nuremberg, Germany

These jewellery pieces are reminiscent of geometric watercolour drawings by means of finely painted black enamel lines and shadings on a white background coating. The white background serves as a canvas, on which through the drafted perspective an illusionary three-dimensional space is created. Traces from the work process like slight colour changes and enamel dust are left deliberately to allow each piece to maintain its hand-drawn character. Overlapping parts play with a three-dimensionality, which lies between the drawing and the real object.

Gabi Viet – Bolzano, Italy

„Creatura”
A spoon consists of two elementary forms.
Line and circle: handle and bowl.

Full and empty.
Giving and taking.
Getting and putting.

Everyone eats with a spoon or is fed with one.
All over the world.

I like the simple yet at the same time infinitely rich formal language of the spoon.
A spoon that tells a story. One of a kind.

Silvia Walz – Vilanova, Spain

Porta-skies

The sky changes throughout the day. Clouds move along, sometimes quicker than others, the sun hides away, a storm comes, the rain, a rainbow, water floats in the air, a strong wind dries everything up and leaves the blue sky.

My Porta-skies want to capture these different moments of light to turn them into wearable objects, useful amulets to cope with dark spaces, spaces with no windows through which to see sky. They are architectures of light; they are my micro-utopias.



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