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Thursday, 16 February 2023 07:07

RIZZI CHIARALICE

Relearn to look: thoughts on the participatory art of the human body

Abstract Essay: The essay addresses the contemporary jewelry practice as a cultural phenomenon that increasingly became a platform that interprets the imaginaries of the contemporary world, taking in consideration how the relationship between jewelry and the body shifted more and more from the status of ornament to a tool for conveying content. The issue of the body has been at the center of the 20th century art, especially through the work of women artists in the 60’s and 70’s that declared the dignity of emotions as a subject, dwelling on Lygia Clark’s participatory practice as straightforward in this sense and pioneering as anticipated the deep respect for subjectivity our time requires. The impossibility to solve the “art question” is what keeps us focused on the task up to the present day, where contemporary art practices, like jewelry, by often departing from an established visual vocabulary, offer unexpected point of view about the performative nature and the participatory art of the human body.

 

 


Thursday, 16 February 2023 07:05

ISABELLA BEDLINGTON

Contemplating the Afterlife

Through my practice, I have considered the role of the afterlife in our earthly existence. I am interested in people’s relationships with death and how we deal with the one certain thing that will happen to us all. My visual inspiration began with a jade ring-shaped object called Bi. Bi is an ancient Chinese artefact often used as a burial object to assist the deceased in their journey to the afterlife.

For myself, the ideology of an afterlife is routed in time. Lives, how many of them are unknown, pivot around time. The cyclic nature of the torus in my collection represents the cycle of death and rebirth that all material things undergo. Each torus has its own individual story told through intricate patterns and textures, each its own version of the afterlife. I use the act of meticulously creating each detail repeatedly as a meditation that brings a timelessness to the making process, mirroring the ongoing journey of an afterlife.

Materiali: Oxidised Sterling Silver, 999 Gold. Hand-made granulation.

 

 


BEDLINGTONISABELLA MONTEBELLO AWARD CAPSULE COLLECTION Isabella Bedlington

 

BEDLINGTONISABELLA MONTEBELLO AWARD GRANULATION BROOCH FRONT Isabella Bedlington

 

BEDLINGTONISABELLA MONTEBELLO AWARD HOLEY BROOCH FRONT Isabella Bedlington

 

BEDLINGTONISABELLA MONTEBELLO AWARD KEUM BOO BROOCH FRONT Isabella Bedlington

 

Thursday, 16 February 2023 07:05

HANKUNYU WEI

Fantasy or Conjecture

"Fantasy and Conjecture" is about a feeling, an imagination and curiosity about unfamiliar spaces and worlds. It's a feeling that exists between people and spaces or objects, or even between people themselves. It's like the curiosity and fear behind a locked door, or the desire for a locked box.

This collection focuses on the development and innovation based on the key itself. I collected old keys and used them as raw materials, cutting and welding them to transform their original functions. All the key rings are linked together to form a necklace. The modified keys are affixed to steel plates and sandblasted to preserve their shapes on the surface. Each part is connected using rivets, allowing for a 360-degree rotation without the key rings.

 

 


HANKUNYU WEI Fantasy or Conjectre Necklace

 

Wei Hankunyu Montebello Award Fantasy or Conjectre 1 Wear and front

 

Wei Hankunyu Montebello Award Fantasy or Conjectre 3 Wear and Front

 

Wei Hankunyu Montebello Award Fantasy or Conjectre Overall for Collection

 

Thursday, 16 February 2023 06:56

GIULIA CALZARETTI

WORDLESS THOUGHT

Starting from the light and space movement, whose presence is both abstract and concretely real, I transformed a commonly known material, hot glue, to reflect and shape my own interpretation of what light and space could look like. I believe any form of artistic work should allow the viewer to observe its own knowledge and approach being shaped. The path I chose is based on “presences” in space, which are meant to be interpreted in the light passing through the piece.

In my experimentation, I shifted my vision towards this ordinary material and its applications to achieve a transformation that is not connected to any context or place but instead focuses on the individual perception of a few elements, such as light and space. The message I want to convey is wordless: to make oneself aware of one's emotions without being constructed into a specific message to follow.

Materials: Hot glue-silver leaf.

 

 


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Calzaretti Giulia MontebelloAward Wordlessthought3 GIULIA CALZARETTI

 

Calzaretti Giulia MontebelloAward Wordlessthought7 GIULIA CALZARETTI

 

Calzaretti Giulia MontebelloAward Wordlessthought8 GIULIA CALZARETTI

 

Thursday, 16 February 2023 06:55

DARIO MEL

160 MILLION BC

Today, as young designer, I believe that it is more important than ever to take into consideration the materials we use.

I decided to work with leaves, something natural that is meant to decompose. I explored them in all possible ways until I discovered that by putting ink on them, their veins created a pattern that reminded me of reptile skin.

In this way, I see my material as an alternative to crocodile leather.

Sadly, everyday crocodiles are being hunted down and killed for their skin to then create leather goods for the fashion market. At least seven different crocodile species are currently listed as critically endangered. My mission is to create something new, something that doesn’t enquire the mass killing and extinction of a spectacular species that has been around since more then 160 million years. I don’t want to be a part of that. I dedicate this project to all the wildlife that remains.

Materials: Magnolia grandiflora leaves, silver.

 

 


DARIO MEL MONTEBELLO AWARD Still Life 1 MEL OCEANE DARIO

 

DARIO MEL MONTEBELLO AWARD Still Life 3 MEL OCEANE DARIO

 

DARIO MEL MONTEBELLO AWARD Still Life 4 MEL OCEANE DARIO

 

DARIO MEL MONTEBELLO AWARD Worn Picture 2 MEL OCEANE DARIO

 

Thursday, 16 February 2023 06:52

CHOU YU TZU

CHOU YU TZU

IT IS THE END, ALSO THE BEGINNING
Materials: Paper, brass, silver, stainless steel wire, magnet.


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CHOU YU TZU 3

 

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72 CHOU YU TZU Pick one you like and take it away behind rings

 

Monday, 30 January 2023 12:51

ELENA KARPILOVA

Jewellery as an Educational Tool

Exploring the world through jewellery education through jewellery, self-learning, jewellery thinking, narrative, philosophy

Abstract Essay: This essay aimed to consider contemporary jewellery as a tool of education on different levels. It argues that jewellery could serve not only as 3D object but could have much deeper value for society. For this purpose text provides number of evidences which show a huge educational potential of jewellery, from pieces itself to specialized events. With the main objective in mind, the essay consisted of focal areas: contemporary methods of education, contemporary jewellery, comparative analyses. The traditional visit to contemporary jewellery exhibition is metaphorically compared to one of contemporary method of education – self-learning. The pieces of jewellery are compared with textbooks absorbing multidisciplinary knowledges. Jewellery is being hailed as a possible tool of school education process.

 

 


Monday, 30 January 2023 12:50

RIOS JIMENA

Rethinking the Context - Contemporary jewelry: from the art museum to the ethnographic museum

Abstract Essay: This essay proposes a new perspective to contextualize contemporary jewelry, a new way of looking and exhibiting that encompasses historic and ethnographic jewelry as a network that feeds back into its different parts. While doing so it offers the possibility of co-existence and nurturing among these diverse art forms in both the academic and the exhibition worlds. In the last 50 years, there has been an academic discourse that separated jewelry made by artists from jewelry considered as historic and ethnographic. In contemporary jewelry, this tension can clearly be seen both in the places where jewelry has been exhibited and in the curatorship. We are at the right moment to affirm that contemporary jewelry is mature enough to be in tension with ethnographic and historical pieces without losing anything in this movement. The analysis will focus on the shared ‘aura’. This new perspective starts from a foundation where there are no superior or inferior cultures. Besides, I seek not to force coincidences between art and craftsmanship. This new conversation focuses on the poetic and political potential that artworks have regardless of their origin. Each piece materializes the paradoxes of its own time and space.

 

 


Monday, 30 January 2023 12:49

SATUR CHONG

Plottery: Wearable Will

Extracting the hidden, dynamic tension of desires and wills within jewellery and body related objects, these unconventional wearables are surreal revelations of the realistic problematics around identity.

Man Nequin-An elegant hat has its wide brim exaggerated into a mannequin, portraying subversive image of human becomes the display of jewellery. Our real figure is being covered by the domination of materialistic, vanity and gaze.

Miss Chief-This erotic high heel pipe satirizes towards stereotyped sex relationship and the association between foot fetish and status disparity favor in sadomasochism. The hidden silver ring associates such subject towards marriage relationship. Beyond this, performance film casting both masculine and feminine roles of myself explores the dizzy and narcissist sensuality of polarized identities within one-self.

Materials: mix media.

 

 


SATUR CHONG Miss Chief Object

 

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Thursday, 26 January 2023 09:20

Writings Section

The first edition of the MariaCristina Bergesio Award has been a considerable success and the Award's Curators, thanking the Jury and all the Participants, are pleased to announce the following winners and finalists:

1st place: Kaia Ansip

Finalists: Ilaria Ruggiero, Jimena Rios, Chiaralice Rizzi, Elena Karpilova



 

 

 


 

 


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS MARIA CRISTINA BERGESIO PRIZE

Theorists and critics of art and jewellery design, teachers and scholars, doctoral and independent researchers are invited to participate in the Call for Papers.

MariaCristina Bergesio Prize: The proposed essay must be original and never previously published.

The essay must be edited in a Word file and submitted on the online application form provided on the AGC website.


 

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