Silver Lining

by Sonja Neven

Exhibitions

2015
Language Of Craft
Group Exhibition
Alberta Craft Council
Edmonton, AB, Canada
2013
Tranformation
Group Exhibition
Zilberschmuck Gallery
Toronto, ON, Canada

Exhibition Statement

I don't make a distinction between Art and Craft in terms of value or prestige. (In my vocabulary they both start with a capital letter). I take great pride in being labelled an "Artisan or Craftsperson" as it conveys a perception of a high degree of skill. I enjoy the exactness and detail of my craft. To me William Morris is describing Craft as well when he called Art "the expression of man's delight in his labour a joy to the maker and the user". This is my defining artistic motivation, an intense appreciation for the love of making and to continue the chain of knowledge throughout my time by learning and teaching.

My current work incorporates bits and pieces of materials from everyday objects that have had a previous life and with that bring nostalgia and sentimental meaning. In this way I not only reduce and re-use the amount I take from the world but I give life to the old. My interpretation as well as the viewers add further layers of meaning that give context and value to the pieces. This is an exciting process in that the objects are already loaded with energy and meaning and I find that the pieces almost build themselves. For me this is right now the perfect blend of adding a future to the past. I endeavor to create work that will be handed down from generation to generation as a symbol of the marriage of the past to the present. It emphasizes the belief that in order for us to move forward we must understand what has been learned and cherished before us. It is up to us to keep the magic alive.

Artist Statement

"Nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed." This quote by Antoine de Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry was the starting point for my piece. Lavoisier was a French nobleman (1743-1794) prominent in the histories of chemistry and biology. He named both oxygen and hydrogen.

As we grow up we come to realize that the one thing we can count on is that nothing stays the same. We are all a part of a spinning world where every thing is in a constant state of change. Transforming, this into that, and that into this. There is no better place for us to witness this infinite process then the heavens, where I believe that there is a silver lining to every cloud that sails about if we could only see it.

Silver Lining is my representation of a most beautiful process in nature that reminds us that at the root: all is one, and salvation lies in the change and return of things. Lavoisier's quote can be found written on a scroll which is hidden behind the Agate at the front of the base.

Silver Lining
base: sterling silver, fine silver, copper,silver plate on copper,victorian walnut chair ornaments ca. 1860, moonstone,agate, sharkskin paper
brooch: sterling silver, 10k gold filled, 14k gold, rose cut diamond
necklace: sterling silver, 14k gold, druzy quartz, tourmaline, rose cut diamonds
(HxWxD)
18.5cm x 14.5cm x 9.5cm
$9600.00
Silver Lining
Techniques: hand built using traditional techniques; raising, chasing and repousse, silver plating, etching, enamelling, engraving, stone setting, riveting, forging, casting and patina
(HxWxD)
18.5cm x 14.5cm x 9.5cm
$9600.00