Realism in Jewelry: Still Life

January 13, 2011, 10:46 am  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

Last week I received a very beautiful brooch. A photo-realistic self-portrait. I began thinking about the frequency of self-portraits in painting and sculpture and the infrequency of self-portraits in jewelry.

The descriptive categories popularly applied to fine art—representational, abstract, minimal, narrative, portraiture, landscape, still life, and the like—can be used to categorize jewelry, but this rarely happens. If and when jewelers are grouped together, it’s more likely based on where they live or what materials or techniques they use rather than on subject matter.

Just for fun, I’ve decided to curate several collections of  jewelry images based on widely-recognized art classifications. I’m starting with the still life—an inanimate object composed of inanimate objects. Infinite creative possibilities. Infinite meaning. Arresting visual poetry.

What conveys the realism of an object?  What is the language of an object in space? What is the dialogue between objects? What does it feel like to wear a still life?

Hee Seung Koh, Collected Objects

Carmen Amador, Bonjours Monsieur Cezanne

Ramon Puig Cuyàs, N°1160 Caetere Paribus V

Seth Papac, coatracklamp brooch

Timothy Information Limited

Jantje Fleischhut, Held on 2

Silvia Walz, 7 of January

Pauline Bern, Mend Brooches

Timothy Information Limited, Unknown 52

Many thanks to the jewelers whose images enrich this blog. Please visit their websites and be inspired:

Hee Seung Koh, Seth Papac, Jantje Fleischhut, Silvia Walz, and Pauline Bern.


14 Responses

    Lora Hart says:

    Ooh, I think I’ll love this series of posts. For some reason it has never occurred to me to put fine art descriptors on jewelry, but of course the construction of many pieces lend themselves to the same definitions.

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    Karen says:

    I love the Cezanne-inspired Carmen Amador piece! How playful.

    Amy Tavern says:

    Great idea for a post series, Marthe! Love the images and the questions you pose. Looking forward to other installments.

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