|Orchar WarBird by SoMK|
23.5 ct Gold leaf, Copper and Brass leaf on paper
I strongly believe that illuminated paintings and jewelry are 2 faces of the same coin. We deal with metal in both and some design researches end up in jewelry because the 3rd dimension just seems obvious, and sometimes not.. Actually, History shows us that for instance Renaissance italian enamelist/jewelers often doubled up as illuminators in between commissioned pieces.
One of my favourite illuminator, Nicola da Guardiagrele is especially renowned for his jewelry works.
I'm not pretending to be at their level by far but this was of course a huge confirmation I was going the right way ;)
|Roman de la Rose by SoMK|
Based on a 1565 copy of the Roman de la Rose.
Gouaches and 23ct gold leaf on paper.
Possibly the fact that I was a very lonely child (not sad, just very 'in my own world') and that precise and long works are soothing, like a hunt for something pure and absolute. I surely was influenced by my grand dad who combined scientific background with a very artistic fibre (he painted gorgeous watercolours), and by my mother who taught me to be independent and hard headed ;)
3. On the subject of your jewelry creations, it can be arguably suggested that your Lovecraftian pieces are perhaps some of your most popular among a great many of your viewers. If you chose another literary source of inspiration for a future collection of pieces, which would you like to explore?
|Cthulhu Ring and Garnet|
Jewelry wise, I'll tackle Lovecraft 2.0. New designs, smaller sizes, weird metals. But my illuminated paintings idea list is way way bigger than my jewelry one.
4. With your illuminated paintings, you seem to balance between rather traditional imagery and pieces showing whimsy though subtle humor. Is there any particular scene or imagery that you favor more then another?
|Hilarius peripatens by SoMK|
Watercolours and 23.5 ct Gold leaf
5. If there was another artist's work you enjoy, who's work would you like to have on the walls of your home or office?
|Bronze Durrow Bracelet by SoMK|
Based on illuminated borders from the Book of Durrow
So many !!!! And I have to admit I have a collector streak in me as well so … myeah, I do buy small originals of people I adore like Stephanie Law, Aaron Jasinski, Daniel Maidman, Claudia Hahn or Niroot Puttapipat and many others…. and then some that I can't afford… yet. :p
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