Galerie Arp Gallery

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Elaine Cox

(United Kingdom)

 

Training

Saint Martins School of Art 1981 - 1985

Awards

2010       Arts Council England - Grants for the arts Award
2007       Association for Contemporary Jewellery - Travel Grant
2007        Arts Council England - Grants for the Arts Award
2000        Gane Charitable Trust - Development Grant

Publications
Jewellery Making - Jinks McGrath (Apple) 2007
Adorn: New Jewellery - Amanda Mansell (Laurence King) 2008
Landscape Jewellery - exhibition catalogue (Alternatives Gallery)


Elaine's jewellery is highly individual. Each hand-crafted piece is the result of her experimental and intuitive use of textures, colours and materials within a carefully considered form. The work has a sculptural quality and resonates with her feelings about the land.
The principal materials are silver and 18ct gold, used on their own and with precious and semi-precious stones and minerals. Rough stones encrusted with dirt or salt or 'poor', humble materials are often used. When precious stones are included they are usually unpolished and uncut, challenging the traditional 'preciousness' of jewellery whilst celebrating the natural surfaces of the land. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, calcite, galena and haematite are all used in a raw, crushed or un-polished state, evoking industry, farming and geology.

Ideas are developed from drawings and photographs, and through reference to macro images of natural objects, aerial photographs of the earth's surface and archaeological drawings and maps. Explorative and direct, the resulting objects become landscapes for wearing.
 

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