I’ve been fascinated by brass jewelry lately. Someone that immediately came to mind as a source of inspiration is Alexander Calder. While Calder is best known for his mobile art, which introduced motion to sculpture, he was also the creator of almost 2000 pieces of jewelry.
Looking at his jewelry, I am drawn to their bold forms and jagged details. They are not for the dainty and shy, that’s for sure. An air of primitiveness infiltrates the lines, materials and textures. Calder in fact rarely used solder, choosing instead to connect parts through metal loops or binding them with wires. That deliberate choice has resulted in creations that could have been made thousands of years ago in the hands of our ancestors.
Maybe that’s why I enjoy his work so much. Their imperfect lines contain traces of his fingerprints. They are metal objects transformed in human hands, and in turn, have assumed their warmth and intimacy.