26th Legnica International Jewellery Competition IDENTITY

 

Elisabetta Duprè

 

The works of Elisabetta Duprè evoke a rhythm comparable to the changing of seasons, day and night, a beating heart, a piece of music. Dozens, even hundreds of tiny pieces of silver and gold, small cubes, cups, flat bars, occur in a sequence, as if they were marking time, almost suggesting the ticking of a clock or the swinging of a metronome.

 

 

Her work is essentially based on minute detail. Surfaces are carefully treated to acquire the desired texture and colour. The pieces are perfect in their imperfection and apparent randomness becomes fundamental. Their manual techniques are very clear and ooze from every pore: irregular edges, round shaped elements that are not quite round and squares that are not perfectly square.

Duprè has a passion for metal and has established an intimate relationship with it over time. She has a profound knowledge of the secrets of silver and gold and avails herself of traditional bench techniques to make her pieces. The tools you would find in her workshop are those traditionally  used by goldsmiths over centuries, employed with great expertise, to make jewellery that is, on the other hand, anything other than classic.

 

     

Her works have never been overly explicit, although they seem to follow certain themes at times. This comes through very clearly in the pieces under the title "Persiana", in which the window blind is barely hinted, but at the same time we are given enough elements to perceive the artist’s intention. 

Her latest works have seen the introduction of movement, through the creation of mobile structures formed by many minute pieces of silver, left a milky white or blackened, held together by tiny rings, as if they were sewn. Again we see elements that are repeated, but as opposed to the past when they were two-dimensional, now they grow to form mobile volumes that follow the body's movement. They are soft structures that plunge into the surrounding space. Hence, just like in a dance where the harmony of movement is the result of unity between two or more people moving together, likewise in these works, harmony arises from the perfect union between object and body.

 

     

 

An innate sense of simplicity comes through and derives, perhaps, from Duprè’s Germanic origins. Chromatically sober, linear forms, of great communicative power.  Her works speak an elementary, rigorous language, reflecting her way of being.

Rita Marcangelo, Alternatives Gallery 

 

   

 


Elisabetta Duprè

Born in Roma (Italy) in 1967


Education:
1987 secondary school diploma
1987 - 93 musical studies in saxophone and flute
1991 - 92 three semesters of classes in prof. E. Ermini's school of jewellery  "INTERNO 7"
1992 - 93 apprenticeship at C. Klein's, "ATELIER AURA" in Munchen, Germany.
Since 1993 she's working as jewellery maker and designer in her own atelier in Roma.
1996 "SCHMUCK KLASSE" (jewellery design) held by P. Skubic at "sommer Akademie der bildende Kunst " in Salzburg, Austria.
1997 Workshop with G. Dobler in Braunwald, Switzerland.

2013 Workshop with B. Lignel, Rieti, Italy


Awards:

2014 Award of the Art Gallery in Legnica, in the exibition “Silver, Classic” (PL)

2013 Third Prize at “Cominelli Fundation Prize for Contemporary Jewellery” (I)

2012  special mention at “on-off”, for members agc (italian contemporary jewellery association)

 

Solo exibitions:

2012 design gallery “unik”, L'Aquila (I)

2008 gallery “105 art” Rome (I)

2008 club “Koesis”, Napoli (I)

2003 gallery “interno 7” Rome (I)

 

Collections:

“Museo degli Argenti” Palazzo Pitti (I)

“Cominelli Foundation” (I)

Private Collection (A)

Private Collection (I)

 

Participation in national and international group exhibitions since 1992 in Italy, Germany, USA, Poland, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Latvia, Scotland (selection):

2014   architecture studio b3b6b, Rome (I) / art gallery “Queen” Desenzano (I) / Legnica Jewellery Festival, “Silver-Classic” Legnica (PL)

2013    anniversary exibition at gallery I. Hund, Munchen (DE) / “fantastici” Galeria Putti, Riga, L / “filo   rosso”, Paris (F) / “premio fondazione Cominelli” San Felice del Benaco (I) / “il preziosismo pittorico di G. Klimt” Rome (I)

2012 Joya-Barcelona (SP) / “gioie da condividere”, Arancera S.Sisto, Rome (I)

2011  “pensieri preziosi 7” Oratorio di S. Rocco, Padova (I) /  “nuove direzioni del gioiello contemporaneo italiano”, galerie I. Hund, Munchen (DE)

2010  “premio fondazione Cominelli” San Felice del Benaco (I) / “pezzi di luna” museo Ugo Carà, Muggia (I) “Scottisch Gallery”, Edimburgh (SCO) / “archeogioielli contemporanei” Museo Civico, Anzio (I)

Exhibits permanently in the gallery “Alternatives”, Rome (I) / in the gallery “Atelier Aura”, Munchen (DE) / “Galerie Isabella Hund”, Munchen (DE).

 

 

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Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2017 
Dates:  27th April - 11th June 2017

 

Culmination: 19th – 20st of May 2017
Venue: Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland

 

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