Residence @ Flora Ars+Natura | Grant 35-55 | 2017
Working with materials of high symbolic content is part of my training as a jeweler and I have always looked for associations of unexpected materials in the context of contemporary art. Sweetness connects us symbolically with pleasant situations, delicate and brittle forms, it is often associated with the fragility. Lucretius, Greek poet and philosopher, describes the world according to the principles of Epicurus. His philosophy is inspired by matter and he explains in a material way the objects and the living, which take shape via combinations of atoms. These combinations of atoms remain, for Lucretius, fundamentally fortuitous.
Following these precepts, I started to elaborate environments or biospheres where these crystals could grow. My interest resides in the very essence of the material. The natural crystallization processes are completed after thousands of years and are the result of movements, pressures and very violent telluric forces. Sugar crystallization requires absolute stillness or abandonment. Any vibration or abrupt change could ruin the process.