My metal boxes - Holding Place

Materials: Sterling silver, painting.
Dimensions: 25 x 23 x 24 mm;32 x 34 x 23 mm;31 x 29 x 20 mm.

Technique: Construction.

This is a series of three boxes. I started from a corrugated cardboard box with all its measures corresponding to each other in order to build a perfect cube.

I draw it and begun to play with its perspective, questioning myself as to how many varieties of the same box y could obtain by breaking the rules of perspective, on every face and angle of the box in my drawing. Thus, I came by multiple drawings and every new drawing of the box appeard nicely in its new dimension, even though its sides were to be irregular and different.

I made a great number of boxes and however I keep producing them, I finally decided for a series in three colors: red, blue and yellow.
I love to play with primary colors because many others can be obtained from them in the same manner that after playing with perspective, I arrived to a variety of different boxes or containers.
They are “my metal boxes”.

In them, I keep not only my emotions but distinctive melodies.

Maria Carelli
Buenos Aires, Argentina

I believe in paths: in the unique path of every being.

I believe in the sensuality that always seems to awake and manifest femininity, not as something given, but as a continuous search that becomes a feature.

Rather to suggest without ending meaning, a place for subtlety and irony, allowing multiple readings and glance, in order to learn and to appreciate within different points of view, while listening with a keen attitude.

A world of Illusion. A world of captivated illusion, where magic and a delicate powerful force prevails. A world of enchantment, images and sounds, where ephemeral holds character and purpose. And last, a world where to encounter creatures of living substance, and from there on, a space for desire and feeling, generating opportunity and creation.

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.