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Poetic Adornments by Chiara Scarpitti

Exhibition  /  24 Nov 2017  -  15 Jan 2018
Published: 28.11.2017
Chiara Scarpitti. Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers in their landscapes, 2017. Silver, black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass; digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn. 8 x 4 x 1 cm. Chiara Scarpitti
Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers in their landscapes, 2017
Silver, black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass; digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn
8 x 4 x 1 cm
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Intro
Jewelry and scarves by Italian artist Chiara Scarpitti. Featuring collections from the past seven years, including her most recent, Anthropocene. Unique and handmade, each piece is a result of extensive research into themes pertaining to anthropology, nature, and poetry.

Artist list

Chiara Scarpitti
Anthropocene (2017)
In his book, “Welcome to the Anthropocene” the Nobel Prize-winning chemist Paul Crutzen refers to the Anthropocene, or a new post-Holocene geological time interval – a period characterized by the pervasive impact of human activities on the earth. This word comes from the Greek "anthropos", which means man, and "olocene" used for the geological current era, in order to indicate a new period where mankind transforms, in an irreversible way, the physical, chemical and biological natural lanscape. Scarpitti’s jewelry collection of the same name prompts us to reflect on this critical situation through the creation of jewelry,  or little devices, for our body. By mixing handcrafted and digital techniques, as well as different materials, each piece offers us a different perspective on this human condition, from an aesthetic and philosophical point of view. Represented in this body of work are images of lost landscapes and extinct flowers.
 
Ushabti (2015-2016)
The word Ushabti means “those who answer” in ancient Egyptian and refers to the small statues that played an important role in the afterlife. The Ushabti watch over and protect the gods in their journey through the afterlife. In this collection, jewelry is presented as a ritual textile offering.
 
Correspondences (2013-2014)
This collection of jewelry is inspired by ancient images of flora and fauna from XVII century. The colors that the artist chose but, are meant to redefine the picture or the gradients. These color, which comes from nature, create “correspondences” between the things around us. Some pieces, like the mirror-boxes, rely on mirrors behind the silks to bring depth and emphasize the landscapes.
 
Phylogenesis (2012)
Phylogenesis (from Greek “species”) indicates the ‘growing form” and its development in a three- dimensional space. The artist is creating a new material dimension that hybridizes traditional techniques with contemporary processes. The pictures used in this collection come from the work of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge and from little fractals and geometrical patterns, like politopi, which reveal dynamic movement and transformation. The symbolical minimal shapes are combined together through a project that reflects the variations and the modularity of the same shape. The figures are added, translated and finally are sewed together with silk thread to create complex compositive systems.
 
Alchemic Room (2011)
The symbol word originally means to throw together, but also unite, put together. The symbol in the jewel is its essence. “The symbol moves in the unpredictable feeling, in the natural instinct. The irrationality and the mysticism is a concept that encompasses ancestral all peoples ever”. Its presence in the jewel is in a dialectical relationship with that element poetic and visionary and became concrete action in the reality of all days.
 
Reaction Poetique (2010)
The work explores the reactions between jewelry and the body, specifically people and the space around them. The aesthetic component is very important. This is because the aesthetic, like every other feature of the project, acts with a precise function. It can help us to live better, by embracing the beauty of the world. The jewel absorbs this aesthetic and it expresses deeply a strong poetic and suggestive meaning. At the end, what it is interesting is the translation of this beauty and idea of magnificence and power to the people.
 
Organica e Intramani (2007)
These first projects are been developed around the idea of the body: the hair, the eyes, the hands. Each body element is been extracted for its ancient meaning and translated through  a contemporary new vision: “saint lucy”, “camouflage” and “intramani”. Near these projects, there are others projects concerning nature and its textures, like the brooches “autumn stories”, the wedding rings “trees” and the “organica” white parure, always in the perspective of a reconnection with a raw nature.
 

About the Artist
Chiara Scarpitti is a multidisciplinary artist specializing in contemporary jewelry. She is currently a Research and Ph.D. Fellow in Design at the University of Campania focusing on Post Digital Manufacturing. Her research investigates different aspects of the contemporary material culture, exploring technology through a humanistic approach. Scarpitti received her Master’s Degree in Fashion Design at Politecnico of Milan, Milan, and apprenticeship at Giancarlo Montebello Body Ornaments in Milan. She won the “Preziosa Young Award” (Florence) in 2013 and was a Finalist for the “Enjoia’t Award” (JOYA, Barcelona), in 2011. Her work has been exhibited widely in museum exhibitions and art fairs throughout Europe.
 
Artist Statement
My work comes from research that is more theoretical than experimental. I am inspired by history, ancient imagery, and poetry. Every piece is the result of a long and complex process of thinking, design and production. The aim is to reflect, from an anthropological point of view, on materials and techniques.  Each piece arises from a crossbreeding of materials and techniques, both digital and handcrafted. I combine different techniques such as sewing, digital printing, acid etching, laser cutting, and rapid prototyping. The work explores the interaction between jewelry and the body, people and the space around them. The end result is a new kind of jewel that is at an intersection between craftsmanship and industry, humanity and technology.
 
Chiara Scarpitti. Necklace: Anthropocene, lost landscapes (river/desert), 2017. Silver, black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass; digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn. 10 x 5.5 x 1.2 cm. Chiara Scarpitti
Necklace: Anthropocene, lost landscapes (river/desert), 2017
Silver, black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass; digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn
10 x 5.5 x 1.2 cm
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Chiara Scarpitti. Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers compositions, 2017. Silver, silk, plexiglass. digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn. 2 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm. Chiara Scarpitti
Brooch: Anthropocene, extinct flowers compositions, 2017
Silver, silk, plexiglass. digitally printed, photo etched, laser cut, hand sewn
2 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm
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Chiara Scarpitti. Pendant: ANTHROPOCENE. Extinct flowers, 2017. Silver black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass. 8 x 6 x 0.7 cm. Chiara Scarpitti
Pendant: ANTHROPOCENE. Extinct flowers, 2017
Silver black rhodium, black steel, silk, plexiglass
8 x 6 x 0.7 cm
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