A Matter of Time by Julia Maria Künnap

Exhibition  /  08 Jan 2020  -  29 Feb 2020
Published: 07.01.2020

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Perfection as an aim to strive for has been present throughout Julia Maria's artistic career. Stone carving and faceting, which she has been practising since 2008, have summoned it regularly. With every new stone, her work starts with a conception of the finished piece.

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Julia Maria Künnap
The perfection of an idea is visualised in the faceting diagram, where a gem is described by a formula: a table of faceting angles, indexes and instructions. The cutting process usually starts relatively calmly, but sooner or later, I make a mistake. My mind wanders for a moment and fact gets too deep or there's a tiny particle on the lap that leave a scratch upon the stone. Then, I try to hide this failure by re-cutting the neighbouring facets. Usually, it means I have to make more little mistakes around the big one. In this way, a perfect idea becomes a collection of human errors. For some reason, it is quite inevitable and happens in almost every work I do. Therefore, I set a mark to understand whether a piece is ready or not. I consider it finished as soon as I can bear all the mistakes it possesses.
/Julia Maria Künnap

About the artist:
Julia Maria Künnap is a freelance jewellery artist currently living and working in Tallinn, Estonia. She has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery Art Department under Professor Kadri Mälk (MA 2004, BA 2001).
Künnap works with natural gemstones and has developed a technique to combine the facet cut and free form engraving. She has had solo and small group exhibitions in Estonia, Italy, USA and Taiwan. Additionally, her work has been shown in various galleries and museums in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, Paris, Stockholm, Riga, Padova, Munich etc.
In 2018 her lapidary work was recognized with Herbert Hofmann Prize.
Her work is in the collections of Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Boston Museum of Fine Arts and MAD Museum of Arts and Design New York.
Kunnap Julia Maria. Earrings: Short Strokes II, 2018. Lapis lazuli, gold.. Kunnap Julia Maria
Earrings: Short Strokes II, 2018
Lapis lazuli, gold.
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Julia Maria Künnap. Ring: From Black to Black III, 2018. Obsidian, rhodium plated silver.. Julia Maria Künnap
Ring: From Black to Black III, 2018
Obsidian, rhodium plated silver.
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Julia Maria Künnap. Brooch: Garden III, 2016. Schorl, nephrite, silver.. Julia Maria Künnap
Brooch: Garden III, 2016
Schorl, nephrite, silver.
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