Carmen Amador

Carmen Amador exhibits at Galeria Siesta, Calle Ferlandina, no.18 in Barcelona. This jeweller is from Seville and currently lives in Barcelona, a city where she has been a teacher for several years at Escola Massana, in Calle Hospital. That is where she teaches Project and Chisel.

Her pieces have variable geometries, combining the purity of these geometric shapes with an organic unity. Some of the pieces are compact. But, for the most part, they are frames created with a white or oxidized silver thread or plate. These encircle organic shapes, like fruits and flowers. For these works deeply detailed, she often uses the chisel technique. In other recurring situations, she uses transparent synthetic resins or other coloured or golden materials.

The poetics of this endeavour have a strongly feminine nature. All the details are elaborated with fine delicacy, with a labour that is typical of a woman. Tiny details are entangled with each other. Fruits, flowers or pearls that stand among the frames.

Telling stories, reinterpreting symbols, thinking about nature, depicting memory landscapes, seeking the unexpected, wondering about traditions, prompting a reflection and mingling geometric elements with natural elements are solely some of the arguments that this artist uses to materialize her jewels.

As one can attest in the photographs, the details constitute themselves as fragments. They can be read by themselves but, in each jewel, they play a poetry between fragments and the whole set.

This is an intellectual work, which is also handcrafted. Therefore the work, abiding by its sketches, is also the equivalent of thinking with the hands, as put by, among others, the architect Campo Baeza and the jeweller Ramón Puig, both Catalonians. The pieces contain laborious and delicate manufactures, endowing the set with a delicate trait. For the most part, they are pins that can be used on clothing.

From a fruition point of view, these pieces manually elaborated by the artist offer multiple readings, given that the fragments are articulated with the whole piece. Thus they are like fruitful mazes, in which the reading of the whole array and the fragments delays the analysis, asking for a dialoguing fruition with the pieces. To interpret them is a task for the receiver, who will be given reading possibilities, having, if possible, this text as a support.
This exhibition follows many others, individual and collective. Carmen Amador is already an international household name. She exhibits on a regular basis and is represented in multiple collections in Barcelona and other cities in the world.

Ana Campos was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1953. She is a jeweler and is also dedicated to research in this area. In the field of teaching, she taught design and theories of the art and design of contemporary jewelery. Until 2013, she was director of the arts / jewelery business and coordinator of the post-graduation in jewelery design at ESAD - School of Arts and Design, in Matosinhos, Portugal. It has been dedicated to curating and producing national and international jewelery exhibitions. Graduated in Communication Design at FBAUP. He studied jewelery at Ar.Co, Lisbon and at the Massana School, Barcelona, ​​as a scholarship holder at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He holds a postgraduate degree in Intercultural Relations from Universidade Aberta, Porto, which led to a masters degree in Visual Anthropology, whose dissertation is entitled "Cel i Mar: Ramón Puig, actor in a new jewelery scene". The orientation was by José Ribeiro. She is currently a PhD in philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He finished his PhD in 2014, with the guidance of Gerard Vilar. He developed a thesis entitled: "Contemporary jewelry as art: a philosophical study".

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