Following a career in corporate communication, Italian born artist Cristina Zani completed an MFA in Jewellery at Edinburgh College of Art in June 2012. After living and working in several countries, Cristina established her workshop in the LakeDistrict where she is currently based.In 2011 she was awarded a bursary that enabled her to study jewellery in Seoul for fourmonths. Her present work is influenced by the Korean urban landscape and explores thecontrast between modern buildings and ancient temples and palaces of South Korea. She combines natural and painted wood with precious and non-precious metals.
Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, my work is a reflection on the urban environment, its geometries and unique stories. The collection My Seoul is influenced by the contrast between antique and contemporary architecture of South Korea and reflects my personal experience of its cities. I approach the creation of my jewellery in the same way I would compose a story and, like Marco Polo of Invisible Cities, I borrow elements from the city’s landscape to visually describe it and subtly suggest it to the viewer.
The choice and juxtaposition of materials, shapes and colours echoes its sombre modern buildings intertwined with bright ancient wooden temples and vibrantly painted palaces. Like those buildings, my pieces show the vulnerability of materials when exposed to time and elements; the layers and colours that slowly transform with the passing of years. Simple in form, but rich in stories and complexities.
Quercus Gallery exhibitions featuring Cristina Zani:
ADORN Contemporary Jewellery Showcase 7 November – 3 December 2015
FORMS & FABRICS 7 March – 18 April 2015