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[New Orchid Gallery] Valeria Elina Dowding


Valeria Elina Dowding

I was always fascinated by modes of expression that can involve most
of the senses. Creating jewels opened for me the possibility to
combine several things: the exploration of shapes, textures, colors
and materials, and the pleasure of discovering their reactions in
reply to different possible interventions (made by hand with
intention, with tools, with fire; or by accident or chance and
impossible to repeat voluntarily). To discover qualities, of
hardness, ductility, change of state, textures is a very magical and
sensual exploration. To follow this path until the final result is,
in this case, to reach the object-jewel. Anything can act as a
trigger; the starting point can be a wave, a map, a constellation, a
plant, a sand dune, an axe or an eel. What fascinates me is the
process in itself the act of “making” this object or jewel
independently from the final result. The final result also has
something unexpected, surprising and unique for me. I think that
maybe because of that they can be called “one-of-a-kind”. Each piece
is unique with its particularities, of weight, size, form, texture
and colour. It is what makes it natural that each one can correspond
or acquire significance when worn by one particular person, almost
as if the jewel had been made especially for that person (who
chooses it) and not for another.

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