Back

Confection

Exhibition  /  07 Aug 2008  -  17 Sep 2008
Published: 16.08.2008
Sienna Gallery
Management:
Sienna Patti
Lola Brooks. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds. 2 x 2 x 1 1/2. Lola Brooks
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds
2 x 2 x 1 1/2
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.

Intro
Like Narcissus gazing upon the surface of the water, or a dog chasing its tale, I find myself perpetually immersed in my idolatrous obsession with jewelry as my subject matter.

Artist list

Lola Brooks
Like Narcissus gazing upon the surface of the water, or a dog chasing its tale, I find myself perpetually immersed in my idolatrous obsession with jewelry as my subject matter.

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, and sexual rapture, born of the sea, emerged drenched and luminous from the surf, and the foam which covered her nakedness fell to the ground and became white rose bushes.

It is my belief that all material is laden with meaning and cultural signifiers if only one would choose to pluck the fruit and revel in the succulent and pulpy ripeness of its flesh.

Midieval roses were not like most of the roses grown in gardens today. They were short-lived, blooming only once, notable for their thorns, their cankers, and the contrast between their beauty and their inevitable decay.
-from The Love of Roses by Graham Rose & Peter King

My historical reference points are perhaps oxymoronic; the death obsessed and sentimental Victorians and the optimistic creative vigor and largesse of 20 th century costume jewels.

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
-Emma Goldman

Roses and bows have come to exist as saccharine clichés of beauty, sentiment, perfection and the feminine. In fact, much of their symbolism has become so hackneyed as to have lost much of its meaning. In its absence, we are left with vapid empty shells, mere shadows of their former vainglorious selves.

You are beautiful, but you are empty. One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you- the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three we have saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose.
-from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I find power in accumulation. It is an inextricable piece of who I am in the world. With only a few things, I will asperse them sparingly like a miser, or tuck them away to keep safe, finding pleasure in knowing that they are there, that I have them. And then I hunt for more. If I am lucky, it will become a hoard.

There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all of the roses ever painted.
-Henri Matisse

The idea is to tell tales, elaborate tales. Tales of jewelry, about beauty and desire and seduction and love and death. To make jewels that are at once outrageous and utterly believable as such.

To exploit materials, not only for their intrinsic properties, but also for the historical and cultural information with which they are burdened. To embody the conundrum.

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
-Henry David Thoreau

Lola Brooks 2008 

Lola Brooks. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds. 1 3/4' x 2 ' x 1 1/2'. Lola Brooks
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds
1 3/4" x 2 " x 1 1/2"
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Lola Brooks. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, ose-cut champagne diamonds. 1 1/2' x 2' x 1 1/4'. Lola Brooks
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, ose-cut champagne diamonds
1 1/2" x 2" x 1 1/4"
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Lola Brooks. Brooch: Untitled, 2008. 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds. 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4. Lola Brooks
Brooch: Untitled, 2008
18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds
2 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Lola Brooks. Neckpiece: Untitled, 2008. 18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds. 16' chain, adjustable, large element. 4 3/4' x 4 '. Lola Brooks
Neckpiece: Untitled, 2008
18kt gold, stainless steel, vintage ivory roses, rose-cut champagne diamonds
16" chain, adjustable, large element. 4 3/4" x 4 "
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
Appreciate APPRECIATE