Materials: Copper, Acrylic Plastic, Gesso, Color Pencils
Dimensions: 24.8 X 11.8 X 8.9 cm
The form of the vessel is based on Georgia O’Keeffe’s calla lilies paintings, in which they usually appear to be taller and larger with emphasis on the curves and ruffles of the petals and leaves. The vessel is tall and narrow with definite and distinct curvy contour by sinking in certain areas on the seamed piece to resemble that part of the paintings of the calla lilies, as well as the way how O’Keeffe usually renders the nature in her paintings. The flared edges on the top and the bottom are also created to mimic these characteristics of the petals and leaves. I want this curved form to suggest the fluidity and organicity of the flowers that O’Keeffe created on her canvas.
Photo credit: Helen Shirk
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Body ornaments have always played a big part in my life; I am infatuated with metalwork and jewelry and passionate about jewelry-making at a very early age. In the process of creating a piece of artwork, there is always a special and intimate connection between the piece and the artist. It is not only about the patience and the careful handling of the materials and the actual pieces; the most intimate and enjoyable part is that I can incorporate my own ideas and design pieces to express my interests, intentions, as well as personal feelings and emotions. Most of the pieces I created are based on my personal history, experiences, and my love for nature.
These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.
Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.
As the world’s largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.
In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.
Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse’, gemstones and found objects.
The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest internet jewelry site.