exhibition of last year’s 2018 recipient Aurelie Guillaume
November 29, 2019 to February 23, 2020
“I believe in the importance of finding humour in tragedy, just like I believe that we can find beauty in ugliness. My work exists in these rich contradictions that are part of life.”
Jeweller, enameller and illustrator of French Canadian background, Aurélie Guillaume studied jewelry at the École de joaillerie in Montreal, and at NSCAD University, in Halifax. She is known for her unique work with enamel, bringing together the traditional process of cloisonné and the contemporary imagery strongly rooted in comics and street art.
By using comic books (illustrations) as a starting point, the jeweller Aurélie Guillaume translates the intimate and emotional moments that the public can identify with. Her works illustrate characters that function as entrance points into a dream world based on experiences and emotions, which are themselves very real. Not only based on a traditional enamel process, dating back to the Byzantine Empire, when enamel was used to represent religious icons, the works are also influenced by the contemporary nature of street art, comic books, pop art and counterculture. By combining jewelry and illustration techniques, her art is between tradition and modernity.
AURÉLIE GUILLAUME - Le Croque Fesses, 2019 - enamel on copper, sterling silver, pure gold, fine silver sheet, stainless steel - 6,5 x 11 x 1,5 cm / 2.5 x 4.25 x 0.5 in