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Carmen Tapia

Jeweller
Published: 15.04.2021

Intro
Carmen Tapia was born and now resides in the city of Taxco, Mexico. Educated in a family of goldsmiths, heirs of the modern Mexican silverware, and with studies in Plastic Arts and Philosophy, Carmen has built up a solid theoretical, formal, and technical scaffolding, which has allowed her to synthesize her aesthetic ideas in the language of the contemporary jewelry. Her work has deserved three times the National Silver Award granted by the Mexican government and has been exhibited in museums, galleries and art fairs. She has also been a professor at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Statement

Her creative process starts from investigating and manipulating the topological and plasticity properties of two-dimensional surfaces; by means of folds and pleats, she creates three-dimensional forms to which she applies dynamic forces such as torsion, elongation or contraction, thereby obtaining a harmonic geometric order very similar to the order of natural organic forms. Carmen works with models made of flexible and malleable materials, such as paper and wax, which then are transferred to silver by techniques such as lost wax casting and forging. These techniques, and the ability of silver to reflect the light, allow her to create light and luminous laminar surfaces and organic membranes, resulting in the creation of comfortable and easy-to-use pieces in large formats.

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Book:  Dreaming in Silver / Soñar En Plata: Silver Artists of Modern Mexico. Morrill, C. PennySchiffer Publishing:  Pennsylvania,  2019
Online Article:  Neighbord. Craft in Amercia:  Los Angeles,  2017
Book:  Artificios, plata y diseño en México.. Coronel, RafaelFomento Cultural Banamex:  México,  2016
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