I’ve long admired the enamel work of Emily Watson. Her art jewelry and wall pieces are bold and unique yet she uses subtle enamel colours that give a stone like appearance to the finished work. Emily draws inspiration from both geography and anatomy. As I have a background in Biology it is perhaps natural that I am so taken with her jewellery designs.
The piece I have chosen by Emily Watson for my ‘Gem of the Day’ is Rendered Brooch No.1. I particularly like the earthy colours and flow of the design from metal through enamel.
Emily describes her ‘Rendered’ series here: ‘The lines and shapes of the human body are my primary source of imagery. My sketchbook drawings combine many things I associate with the body: anatomy, landscapes, topography, vessel forms, MRIs, x-rays, microscopic cell images, and geometric volumes. In the “rendered” series, I use these drawings to generate enamel pieces, then employ chain and strings of beads to accentuate the drawn lines and sketch new lines onto the wearer. The relationship between jewelry and the physical body allows for an especially appropriate use of that body as subject matter. I meshing imagery which is sufficiently graphic to elicit a slight discomfort, yet is graceful and vague enough to evoke a primal response to the body’s beauty. Through this combination I hope to find an ambiguity which allows the viewer to experience the many levels on which our corporal bodies exist in the physical world.’
Emily Watson from Columbus, Ohio exhibits in many galleries in the USA and has been published in several books including ‘500 Enamelled Objects ‘. Her website shows the extent and variety of her amazing work. As well as vitreous enamel Emily Watson works in a multitude of media including silver, copper, wood, acrylic, bakelite, corian, vulcanite, bone, horn, jet, and stone.
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