The salt crystals formed to a certain extent but did not have the impact I was looking for. Due to the limited time to carry out this project I aimed to focus on something more quick and efficient.
I still wanted to capture the texture of the salt portrayed in Bergman's pieces so I used salt, pva glue and ink which created a nice effect...but still wasn't what I was looking for....
Sketches inspired by Bergman's piece - Junge Frejd
I began to do sketches and mark making inspired by Bergman's piece Junge Frejd because it intrigued me do much. I like the shape, line a texture of the piece and how it relates to her Jewish heritage.
I started off doing the consatina process which I quite liked which led me on to looking at the herringbone paper folding technique.
Started to experiment with heat and discovered that the salt can withstand a lot of heat whilst the paper gain nice colouration. My aim was to make them more interesting they were beginning to look quite plain! I also used salt to refine and highlight shape and lines which I quite liked - they turned out to be quite elegant!
I really enjoyed this project I loved working with the paper and acetate to create wearable art. I used a mannequin to experiment with placing the pieces on the body and seeing what they would look like and what I would create if I had more time. The paper folding was a quick and efficient way at creating the shapes I had been looking at. The aim of the project was to create various samples but if I had more time I would look further into using other various materials such as metal and perhaps 2D printing.
Naama Bergman's exhibition "Dissolved Revolved " she created jewellery and containers that were not wearable nor had a purpose. I can understand why she intended her jewellery to be more of "an emotional piece" or a "memory piece" as opposed to wearing because firstly, if someone wore it, it would not last as long due to it's natural salt structure which would most likely disintegrate over time. Furthermore, if it did not look like a necklace it would perhaps not have the same appeal therefore I can understand why it is not wearable. However, personally I would like to produce wearable pieces using alternative materials and metal that adorns the body. Nika Danielska produces quite gothic and dramatic pieces that have a skeletal form which I absolutely love!
During this project I began to realise which direction I see myself taking to persue a career in Jewellery and Metal design. I enjoy creating 'wearable art' which often tends to be made using alternative materials and make a statement. Gothic styles intrigue me but I always try to make my work look elegant. I began to experiment with salt and attempted to produce salt crystals by producing a high concentrated salt solution and putting materials in it. Read on to my next post to find out how I got on! ..
To achieve this beautiful crystallisation Naama Bergman submerges iron mesh shapes into a high concentrated salt solution but the amount of crystallisation is dependent on the temperature, the saturation of salt and how long it is in the solution. However, because it is a natural process Bergman is unable to fully control the process which I think creates delightful imperfections. The salt offers structural support but will eventually cause the structure to collapse over two or three decades as it eats away at the metal. During this time the vessels will change colour to a darker brown due to the rust from the iron. Bergman never intended for this collection to contain wearable pieces but more act as a “memory piece, as a collectable piece,” and as an “emotional piece”. Also, if the pieces were to be worn they would most likely not last as long. Knowing that these pieces will eventually crumble and change over time makes them even more fascinating and beautiful.
Junge Frejd (young boy) 2011 Intestine, 24K gold leaf, silver, spring steel, 10cm
Bergman collaborated with another artist called, Emi Fukuda, during the Dissolved Unresolved exhibition which explores the themes of mixed identity, cultural heritage, placement and displacement. After moving to Amsterdam then Munich she became interested in the difference between her roots in Israel and her present day life which began to be a main focus throughout her work. Bergman uses cow’s intestine in her work because it links back to her Jewish Heritage as it is a traditional ingredient in Cholent which is a stew eaten on Shabbat. I was very impressed when I saw the brooch, Junge Frejd which means young boy, because it was so delicate and intricate yet made with intestine which is often portrayed as disgusting. I sent Bergman an email to find out what was involved in the process of taking a cow's intestine and turning it into something so beautiful. Does she just pop down to her local butcher and take it from there? When I find out I will let you know!
he vessels that are made from iron nets and salt are appear to be containers but are unable to contain any liquids or materials. Naama Bergman believes that they are more for containing memories, to have a metaphysical presence as opposed to containing actual objects.
Naama Bergman is an Israeli artist who was brought up in Tel Aviv and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Department of Jewellery and Fashion, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. She is currently based in Munich where she studied at the prestigious Academie der Bildenden Kunste before going on to win several awards. Bergman's latest exhibition "Dissolved Revolved", which was in Munich's Jewellery week, consists of several shapes made from iron wire that has been submerged in a high concentrated salt solution which has then crystalised. It is this effect that captivated my attention. However, when I first saw the exhibition in Munich in March earlier this year, I was not as impressed! I do not remember why but I was not able to go into the room where the pieces were displayed, which meant I did not get to fully appreciate the texture and beauty of each piece. Nevertheless, after I visited Naama Bergman’s website I was taken back by the beautiful texture of her work and the more I discovered the more I was drawn into her ideology.