Tin, Brass, Patina, Bees Wax - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Tin, Brass, Patina, Bees Wax
Dimensions: 8 cm x 10 cm x 0.5 cm

Chasing and Repousse in high relief on metals

Photo credit: Brian P. Marshall

Rocio Heredia Studio
Rocio Heredia
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Mexico

My artwork expresses that which my words cannot. I strive for fine detail and precision, and have been told that, from a viewer’s standpoint, it is intriguing to imagine what goes into the work. Chasing and Repousse are both dependent on a well-developed drawing ability and the correct use of the chasing tools. These metalworking techniques trained my eyes for the precision necessary to create harmonious images impressed in metal. Each piece is completely hand-made. The surface of every piece is colored with patina so to produce oxidation and then it is polished to enhance the three-dimensional quality of the design. I really enjoy going deep into the detail, no matter how much time it takes. Basically, I use my heightened sense of touch, which helps me to define what my eyes cannot perceive.

The medium of metal is an inspiration to create art, and it moves me to choose my subjects but lately, it looks as if the subject chooses me. My Saint George series is now an inspiration for some to conquer their own dragons… emphasizing the importance of an icon as well as the comprehension of its message.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.