Today, my friend and artist Lenio posted this video on Facebook. I took the time to sit down, watch, observe, listen and felt compelled to share it.
Georgia O'Keeffe, a well-known American artist, talks about her work and process. Images are shown of the time she spent in New Mexico and the bones she collected in the desert area. Although better known for her paintings of flowers, in this video she's seen collecting bones and translating them into paintings. "The bones do not symbolize death to me. They are shapes that I enjoy" she says.
Bones as forms. Nature as a means to express emotion.
A while ago I made this bone and bronze necklace.
It started as a jewelry exercise on the 'prehistoric' era, and the purpose was to gather inspiration from that time and use materials and jewelry techniques that were used back then.
I was immediately drawn to this one bone because of its shape. It was a much bigger piece, and I spent many hours sawing, in fact breaking many jeweler saw blades in the process. But I arrived at the shape and size I wanted and worked it further by adding satined bronze and a double chain (a signature of mine).
I must admit I get a lot of comments when I wear this piece, mostly from men. My NY girlfriends love it too. It's a very personal piece, a piece that carries a deep connection to me. I call it Breaking Structures.
For some reason I love to wear it with stripes, as you can see from the images above.
I hope you enjoyed the video on Georgia O'Keeffe as well as learning more about my inspiration and personal work. Feel free to leave me your comments and questions.
ps. the bone was found in Argentina and given to me. I'd like to think it's part of what nature left behind.