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[New Orchid Gallery] Richard B. Elkin


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Richard B. Elkin

I am an object maker because of the transformation and synthesis that
occurs in the creative imperative through the process of
concretization of a concept/idea. The technical challenge of
utilizing seemingly disparate and juxtaposed textures and colors to
create tension, contrast and a visual focal point are the techniques
I employ in forming a piece. My current body of work is drawn from
impressions of personal adornment from the archaeological record.
Items unearthed, perhaps a gemstone sparkles from a long forgotten
silver or gold hand-forged setting. My work is influenced by the
philosophical underpinnings of Wabi-Sabi that embody the dualistic
and rustic nature of accidental beauty. I seek to work in tandem with
my materials evoking forms that are at once surprising yet familiar;
rustic yet refined; accidental yet functionally appropriate for
personal adornment. It is my hope that the objects I create stand to
function perfectly as personal adornment offering the wearer a
memento of perhaps an ancient thread but also exist as objects of
fascination and desire on their own.


#2

Richard B. Elkin

I am an object maker because of the transformation and synthesis that
occurs in the creative imperative through the process of
concretization of a concept/idea. The technical challenge of
utilizing seemingly disparate and juxtaposed textures and colors to
create tension, contrast and a visual focal point are the techniques
I employ in forming a piece. My current body of work is drawn from
impressions of personal adornment from the archaeological record.
Items unearthed, perhaps a gemstone sparkles from a long forgotten
silver or gold hand-forged setting. My work is influenced by the
philosophical underpinnings of Wabi-Sabi that embody the dualistic
and rustic nature of accidental beauty. I seek to work in tandem with
my materials evoking forms that are at once surprising yet familiar;
rustic yet refined; accidental yet functionally appropriate for
personal adornment. It is my hope that the objects I create stand to
function perfectly as personal adornment offering the wearer a
memento of perhaps an ancient thread but also exist as objects of
fascination and desire on their own.