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Emanuela Aureli

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Birthplace
Italy

Birth year
1960

Lives in
Santa Fe, NM

Works in
Santa Fe, NM

Website

Schools
CCAC (California College of Arts & Crafts, 1997, BFA
University of Rome "La Sapienza", 1984
Munich International School, 1977

Representing galleries
EIDOS Contemporary

Tags
sculpture, conceptual, jewelrywork, art jewelry, art to wear jewelry, contemporary jewelry, jewelry art, sculptural jewelry

Statement

 

  • "I am an object maker.
  • I work out of need to give shape to my feelings and ground them in matter.
  • Metal inspires my work as a material--solid, hard, sometimes heavy, yet so soft,
  • flowing into liquid, melting into a new form."


Born in Italy and raised in Germany, Emanuela Aureli blends Italian goldsmithing traditions with northern European design, making jewelry for the body to wear. Inspiration comes from simple shapes, the making process, urban and industrial landscapes, and from the quiet expanse of the high desert.
Her jewelry invites the wearer to engage in playful interactions with the piece, teasing, daring.

Working mostly in sterling silver and copper, Aureli fabricates geometric, minimal shapes--cubes, spheres, strips of metal and coils of wire--that become earrings, rings, pendants, or brooches. She heat-colors her jewelry into yellows, oranges, deep reds, blacks, and silver finishes, infusing the metal with warmth and making it irresistible to touch.

Mostly self-taught, she started making jewelry as a teenager, creating her pieces with a pair of pliers, brass wire, beads, and feathers, and selling her work at flea markets, concerts, and street fairs throughout Europe. Her teachers were her many mistakes, the people in the streets, and all the fellow artisans she was lucky to meet. She apprenticed with goldsmiths in Italy and the U.S., and holds a B.F.A. from CCAC (now CCA) in Oakland, CA.


 

Selected Exhibitions & Awards:

2012
Emanuela Aureli/Necklaces - EIDOS Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM (solo show);
Cu|29: Contemporary Work in Copper - Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ;
Triple Martini - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA;
2011
Boston Fashion Week 2011 - Cyclorama, Boston, MA;
Smithsonian Craft Show - National Building Museum, Washington, DC;
craftNEWYORK 2011 - 7W, New York, NY;
2010
Robot Invasion - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA;
artistry 2010 - Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, CT;
2007
Holidazzle - Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY;
2005
2005 Originals - Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM;
2004
West Goes East/SOFA, NYC, New York, NY;
2001
Scene/Unseen - Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM (award)


Publications:

2012
Metal Jewelry With a Sensuous Rchness That Longs To Be Touched, by Nancy Ballou,
Copper in the Arts/Copper.org, November 2012;
Cu|29: Contemporary Work in Copper - Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ (catalog);
2011
Boston Brings Unity with Emerging Trends Show, by Cirestudios, Lucire/Fashion /The Circuit, - The Global Fashion Magazine;
Spatial Recognition, by Leslie Clark (feature article), Ornament, vol.35/no.1 - fall 2011;
2006
Martini Squared - I/O Gallery, New Orleans, LA (catalog);
2004
American Art Collector, vol. 1/book 2 (central states) Alcove Books, Berkeley, CA;
West Goes East/YAW Gallery, Birmingham, MI and SOFA, New York, NY;
2001
Craft Forms 2001/Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA;

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