Personally, I think art is a visual expression of a metaphor.
Conceptual jewelry, unwearable jewelry is an expression of art. Art
also needs intent.
Say there is a large room. 50 ft x 50 ft. In the room is one tiffany
diamond ring. Is that art? Was the ring intentionally placed there
or just lost. Now with the ring on the floor, you place a wedding
dress and a bouquet of flowers. Your brain says, what happened here?
Did the bride die? Did she leave and not want to become married? This
becomes a rather powerful statement. It has intent. It has metaphor,
and for me, it is art.
If a simple band ring holds a simple set stone with a bezel, then,
no, for me, it is not art.
Art is as subjective and as misunderstood as the concept of love.
Art provokes an emotional response and not everyone likes the same
thing. Is photography an art? Oh, you bet. Sculpture? Sure. Is a
perfect reproduction of a fine piece of furniture art? Maybe. Is a
platinum flute art? No. It is fine craft.
Is a Chinese Scholars Rock art? Many critics think so. What makes a
Scholars Rock art, but a natural mineral specimen not art. Don't
know. I would like to ask an art critic that one.
If I see a VanCleef and Arpels trackless broach with rubies,
diamonds and other small stones, which are created in the form of a
bouquet of flowers, is that art? Yes, for me it is. It is using
stones and precious metal with the intent to capture an image of
I love pushing boundaries and edges of art. I'm working on a
commission with five oval opals; tiny little suckers. I had to come
up with a design using these stones. This for me becomes the process
of creating a sonnet in the form of jewelry. The recipient is from
Brazil, so my design is incorporating his travels to Australia to
pick up the opals, and druzy from her homeland. I'm combining the
opal and druzy earrings with my style of granulation. It is meant to
be wearable, but the whole design process, the metaphor of joining
three continents together to make a jewelry suite works artistically
Now is the making, the CRAFTSMANSHIP an art? Debatable by some, for
me yes and no. When you go out to a fine restaurant and the food is
arranged perfectly on your plate with color and style, is it art? If
it is beautifully arranged but tastes terrible, is that art? Is there
an art to cooking well, raising decent and ethical children? Is it
the same kind of art?
So, what is art?
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