Melanie Grant And Elisabetta Cipriani On Their Exhibition, ‘Force Of Nature’


Art and jewellery aficionados Melanie Grant and Elisabetta Cipriani are holding their first-ever promoting exhibition, in collaboration with The Serpentine gallery. It can be held at The Elisabetta Cipriani gallery in London, from November 18-27, with the general public having the ability to make appointments from 22-27 November to view and buy jewellery. In this interview, Melanie and Elisabetta inform us in regards to the gallery, how the collaboration between the 2 of them took place, and their mission to interrupt boundaries between artwork and jewellery. 

You’ve invited 17 famend modern artists to showcase their wearable sculptures. Is there a standard thread between every of the artists? How did you select whose work to function?

Melanie: The underlying theme of the present is Naturalism and the way our connection to nature has shifted within the solitude skilled by everybody because of Covid. I’m thinking about how that can manifest in our relationship with jewellery particularly. 

I invited this various choice of artists to return collectively to have a good time freedom. Freedom from the hierarchy that also stays — inserting ornamental artwork beneath fantastic artwork, freedom from the boundaries that usually separate established artists and rising expertise, and freedom from self-doubt. I produced my first-ever jewel with the gallery, and I needed to ask myself, did I’ve the best to create a chunk of wearable sculpture? There are so many issues holding us again as creatives that to be free, now we have to query all of them.  

I select the artists themselves for his or her avant-garde rise up as a result of every rebels in opposition to the system in their very own means. Fabio Salini makes use of the economic materials carbon fiber as an alternative of gold for example his thought of preciousness. Bibi Van der Veldon has ants crawling throughout her tulip choker, and Liv Luttrell has black oxidised spikes for earrings which aren’t fairly in any respect and go in opposition to the very notion of perceived magnificence. The thought is to problem what we consider as worthy by way of artwork and what we consider as stunning by way of jewelry.

There are going to be plenty of firsts on this exhibition. What are you most enthusiastic about?

Melanie: The mixture of fantastic and jewelry artists could be very thrilling for me in addition to the very fact The Serpentine are inviting their patrons. Also, that Wallace Chan, who makes between 16-20 items a yr, is giving us two jewels. And in fact that I’m collaborating with the gallery to make my first piece.

Elisabetta: There are many firsts within the exhibition, however I’m very excited to current Melanie’s first-ever designed jewel, which is entitled Self. The piece was made in collaboration with my gallery in a restricted version of eight. What I really like most about this piece is that it’s a combine between medieval and modern artwork, a weapon and a talismanic object, a chunk that one would by no means think about is made by a non-jewellery designer. To me, Melanie is a visionary.  

Melanie — You are very impressed by nature. What about it evokes you as a author and curator? Where else do you discover inspiration?

Melanie: I really like the vastness and wildness of nature. I used to be lately within the Caribbean and nearly drowned within the sea. A hurricane was shifting previous the island I used to be on, and the ocean was deceptively calm, however the rip tides beneath have been ferocious. I’ve to say, my life flashed earlier than my eyes as I received pulled out from the shore, and it occurred to me at that second how insignificant all of us are. How transient our time is to supply some small contribution to the human expertise. Nature does that to you. It humbles you with its energy, and typically in a metropolis like London, I overlook that.  

For me, jewellery acts as a vessel for human emotion, love, and profound moments. When connecting to one thing larger than myself, I wish to share no matter information and concepts I’ve with others in numerous types, like writing and curation.  

I’m additionally impressed by artwork actions, like Modernism that usually begins on the cusp of occasions equivalent to pandemics and battle.  Coming collectively in a kind of collective creativity, as now we have achieved for Force of Nature, could be very rewarding. I believe that the following artwork motion on the horizon can be a joyous celebration of life as we transfer on from every little thing we’ve gone by means of during the last couple of years. Whatever comes subsequent, nature can be a part of its story, I’m certain, and though now we have work to do on issues like local weather change, it’s good simply to pay homage to it as an idea.

Elisabetta — You have been immersed within the artwork world for a really very long time and proceed to redefine the boundaries between fantastic artwork and jewellery. What has been a pivotal second for you all through your profession?

Elisabetta: I’m continually searching for creativity and innovation. It is a real problem to persuade a longtime visible artist to create a small sculpture to put on. But, the pivotal second of my profession is when my purchasers change their notion of accepting jewellery as artwork. It sparks inside them a real ardour to hold a sculpture in all places they go. 

How did the collaboration between the 2 of you come about?

Elisabetta: I met Melanie three years in the past at a chat at 5 Hertford Street Club as regards to jewellery as artwork. Since then, now we have by no means stopped seeing one another. When her ebook launched a yr in the past, I instructed she do an exhibition, maybe deciding on a chapter from her ebook and alluring these artists to do a chunk for the event. Then Melanie confessed her secret dream, to design a jewel and our relationship grew to become stronger.

Melanie: I used to be doing a chat on the connection between jewellery and artwork for PAD just a few years in the past. In the viewers was this rambunctious lady with wild auburn hair and incredible Italian hand gestures. She was extremely opinionated and sensible, and we grew to become pals. I went to her gallery to interview her for my ebook, Coveted, and stayed for hours making an attempt on actually all the jewellery she had. She was extremely affected person, and ultimately, we determined to create an exhibition collectively to have a good time and elevate jewellery as an artwork type, and right here we’re. I like her willingness to contemplate jewellery on its particular person deserves and never lump it collectively as a homogenous factor. She has impeccable style and a flamboyance that’s totally Italian!

What does the title Force of Nature imply to you? 

Melanie: It’s a double entendre. On the one hand, it refers back to the energy of nature and the way we put on that energy. It is simple to overlook that the jewellery itself — the stones and metals —  come from the earth earlier than they’re reconfigured artistically. On the opposite, it’s in regards to the individuals concerned with the exhibition, most of that are distinctive characters and forces to be reckoned with. 

Elisabetta: Inspiration at all times comes from nature, we as effectively. We are surrounded by nature, and with the pandemic, many people skilled a stronger connection to it. To me, Force of Nature might be an erupted volcano, however it’s not a visible expertise however relatively an inside feeling of robust feelings. It can also be a celebration of life.