JEWELLERY AS SOMETHING / Lucia Gamanová
Jewellery as Something is author’s first solo exhibition, which is the result of a longer-term reflection on the formal and semantic contexts of jewelry as an object in the focus of the studio
S + M + L_XL. The author approaches the jewelry from the position of a graphic designer – she focuses on the material itself and presentation possibilities. She designed her thesis as a specific “gesamtkunstwerk” reacting at the given space of the NOVA Gallery.
Her jewelry collections are most often made of items found on the ground. The passion of collecting and sorting various fragments of plastic and other unidentifiable fragments allows her to differentiate the way jewelry is perceived, by that she is changing the position, the definition and by that, a status of something that is unnoticeable, left on the edge. She presents the waste material, which she elevates as a piece of art. Found objects are not presented in their original form, there are redefined, rearranged trough an imprint (3D printing). presenting a result that has more of a documentary than “present” character… As a whole, the exhibition evokes change, not just physical/material, but also change over time, reacting directly to the memory phenomenon and the viewer’s imagination.
In Lucia Gamanová words
“In today’s material world, we are constantly surrounded by things that have a short lifetime of use. As a result, there is an ever-increasing amount of waste. The aim of my thesis was to point out that we can also process waste material, increase its value and point out that it can be reused.
So I pay special attention to the found waste material, which is the main substance of my collection, but one the other hand the only one which I cannot identify. I am deliberately working with a set of brooches whose utility is hidden and the viewer is not able to determine at first sight what are they looking at. I give the viewer the role of a researcher who asks the questions. I try to explain what jewelry means to me and how I perceive the value of the material used in this medium. I examine the limits of the moment of connecting the jewelry object with the installation of the exhibition itself. Objects found on the ground inevitably accompany the action, during which I trace the route and record my movement. This creates a new relationship to the found object and the story that represents the installation of the exhibition.”
Lucia Gamanová (1993) began her studies at the Department of Intermedia and Multimedia in the studio of Transpraxis (art/social justice/culture) held by Szabolcs Ernö Kiss-Pála and Nóra Ružičková at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. She received her bachelor‘s degree at the Department of Visual Communication in Studio 303 (held by doc. Pavel Choma and doc. Marcel Benčík). During her studies, she attended a foreign internship in Krakow at the Jan Matejko Academy and during her master‘s degree, she completed an internship at the Department of Applied Arts in the studio S + M + L_XL – Metal and Jewellery held by prof. Karol Weisslechner. She presented her diploma thesis at the Department of Visual Communication and at the same time at the Department of Applied Arts.
She exhibited her bachelor’s thesis at the international Graduation Project Show 2017 in Poland, and at the National Award for Student Communication Design NCKD 2018 in Slovakia. During her master studied she exhibited in Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Czech Republic, Budapest, Poland, Bulgaria, and Serbia. She exhibited her master’s thesis at the International V4 Graduation Project Show 2019 in Poland and at the Talente 2020 International Jewelry and Craft Exhibition in Germany. He is actively involved in film art directing and stage design.