Lorena Lazard

Published: 25.04.2024
Lorena Lazard Lorena Lazard
Mexico City


Lorena Lazard is a Mexican artist and educator. She studied contemporary jewelry in the USA and holds a Master’s degree in sociology and a B.S. in Agronomy. Her work has been shown in Schmuck Munich, SOFA Chicago and Sieerad The Netherlands. As well as in various museums and galleries worldwide. Her work has been published in Metalsmith and Ornament magazine, and in several books including the 500 Lark books series. She has participated in various curatorial works including the latest in 2018 co-curating “La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border” at the MAD museum in NYC. 1n 2018 was awarded second place at the Latin America Contemporary Jewelry Biennale.  She is the creator of the school “Atelier Lazard” and also the Coordinator of the Contemporary Jewelry program at University CENTRO in Mexico City. 


I was born and raised in Mexico from the second generation of Jewish immigrants. I grew up surrounded by images and symbols which I couldn’t relate to. By combining traditional images and figurative elements from Mexican culture, in a contemporary form, I try to integrate a common ground between my past and my present.
My work is an internal search from a religious and a secular sphere. Through my jewelry I question existence. I intend to do this by reflecting on the equilibrium of the opposites. The heart embraces the whole of existence, life and death, presence and absence, love and hate, good and evil, happiness and sadness, passion and despair, faith and disbelieve.

From Chaos to Order
This body of work explores the transformation between chaos and order, reflecting on the profound meaning of existence.

Not Everything is pink?
When we Mexicans say that not everything is pink, we mean that life is not always easy or without difficulties. And yet, challenges can be seen as opportunities that are blessings in disguise. If so, can these challenges help us move from chaos to order?  

En el Camino de Coyoacán
These paths have witnessed centuries of history. In this work, I reproduce the textures of the streets of Coyoacán in an attempt to bring the past closer to the present.

Acanthus Mollis
Through this body of work, I try to get closer to understand the infinite realities that existence is composed of.  In doing so, I use one same image.  I center my attention in the parts, shapes and lines that conform it.  I segment the image to achieve details, each line, each shadow, each shape has significance both in an aesthetic and a conceptual sense, which intrigues and captivates me. Finally, each piece is a part of that reality.

Through this body of work, I try to reflect on the path I must travel from chaos to order, in search for the equilibrium in my life.
Working with soil is an act full of symbolism and meaning. Soil stores memories, it gives me a sense of identity and belonging. It helps me understand who I am as an individual and as a member of a group, to which god I pray, what I think and feel, how I understand the world, where I come from, what I believe in and where I want to go.
Through soil, as a metaphor of the substance we human were created from, I try to understand the meaning of my existence.

Ausencia series (Absence)
I live in a country, Mexico, considered to be one of the riskiest countries in Latin America for women's safety, where 6 out of 10 women have faced a violent incident during their lifetime, and more than 40% have been victims of sexual assault.
A country, where it is increasingly common the use of the term femicide: murders committed against women, assassination motivated by misogyny and sexism.
Through these pieces, I want to reflect on the void that femicide leaves; an absence within each of us and within the whole society.
Absence, empty spaces that leave a print, a void in our souls. Negative spaces that are impossible to be filed; the reality that will never be able to be restored.
This absence is a reminder of the truth that can’t be erased and silenced. It reminds me of the loss of the present, the loss of all possibilities that could have been.


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Exhibition  27 Jun 2024 - 22 Sep 2024  Madrugada. Jewellery and the Politics of Hope.
Exhibition  02 May 2024 - 05 May 2024  (Un)Avowable Secrets at Jewellery Week of Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Exhibition  29 Feb 2024 - 03 Mar 2024  Tales of Transformation.
Exhibition  28 Feb 2024 - 02 Mar 2024  (Un)Avowable Secrets.
Exhibition  05 Oct 2023 - 20 Nov 2023  Missing Memories in Madrid.
Exhibition  28 Sep 2023 - 30 Sep 2023  Missing Memories in Barcelona.
Exhibition  26 Sep 2023 - 13 Oct 2023  Devotional Jewellery in Barcelona.
Exhibition  27 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023  Missing Memories at the Melting Point 2023.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2023 - 11 Mar 2023  Missing Memories in Munich 2023.
Exhibition  25 Nov 2022 - 16 Feb 2023  Devotional Jewellery.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2022 - 30 Jan 2023  Coyoacán es una Joya.
Award giving  28 Oct 2021 - 28 Oct 2021  Fio. Contemporary Jewellery Contest 2nd edition Winners.
Exhibition  22 Sep 2021 - 24 Oct 2021  Enjoia't Awards 2021 shortlisted pieces.
Award giving  10 Jul 2018 - 10 Jul 2018  2nd Latin American Contemporary Jewellery Biennial 2018 Winners.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2018 - 23 Sep 2018  La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
Exhibition  27 Jun 2017 - 22 Jul 2017  Twenty-Three. Contemporary Jewelry in Ibero-America.
Fair  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Schmuck 2017.
Exhibition  08 Sep 2016 - 16 Oct 2016  Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 06 Oct 2016  Color Me This. Contemporary Art Jewelry.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2016 - 31 Jul 2016  The unexpectedness of daily life.
Exhibition  11 Jul 2014 - 30 Sep 2014  Entre el subsuelo y el cielo, homenaje a los mineros.
Exhibition  09 Apr 2014 - 28 May 2014  Amuleto: Joyaviva a través del Pacífico.
Exhibition  06 Mar 2014 - 29 Jun 2014  Think Twice: New Latin American Jewellery.
Exhibition  14 Aug 2013 - 15 Sep 2013  La Frontera.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2013 - 14 Apr 2013  FERROUS: Jewelry in a New Iron Age.
Open call  27 Jan 2013 - 30 Jan 2013  Call for Entries: La Frontera.
Exhibition  09 Feb 2012 - 31 Mar 2012  Casa de Empeño.
Exhibition  26 May 2011 - 16 Oct 2011  Think Twice: New Latin American Jewellery.
Exhibition  12 May 2011 - 26 May 2011  Botánica.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2010 - 08 Jan 2011  Think Twice: New Latin American Jewellery.
Award  06 Nov 2008 - 09 Nov 2008  New Traditional Jewellery Design Contest 2008.
Exhibition  29 Oct 2008 - 30 Nov 2008  The pendant show.
Award  06 Dec 2007 - 09 Dec 2007  New Traditional Jewellery Design Contest 2007.

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Magazine:  Metalsmith vol 41 No.2 . 2021
Book:  Growth & Evolution International Jewellery Exhibition. Sun, HermanChina Modern Publishing House Limited:  Hong Kong,  2020
Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas EstradaPromopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  KCDA, Invited International Exhibition in Taiwan.. Korean Craft Designer Association:  2016
Magazine:  Celestial Adornment. Leslie Jordan ClaryMetalsmith Magazine:  Bethel,  2015
Vol. 35 No.5 page. 22
Magazine:  La Frontera. Anna WalkerMetalsmith Magazine:  Bethel,  2015
Vol.35 No. 1 Page 61
Magazine:  Protective Ornament. Contemporary Amulets to Armor. Ornament Magazine:  2015
Vol.37.5 Page 26
Magazine:  Celestial Adornment. Lelslie Jordan ClaryMetalsmith Magazine:  2015
Book:  On Body and Soul. Contemporary Armor to Amulets. Suzanne RamljakSchiffer Publishing Ltd:  2014
Page 44, 105
Newspaper:  Con joyas Expresan una visión de México y EU. Periódico Telediario:  Mexico City,  2014
14 de Mayo 2014
Catalogue:  KCDA Korea Craft Designer Association. 2014
Invited International exhibition in the U.S.A. Page.060
Newspaper:  La Frontera de México es un collar. El País:  Madrid,  2013
20 de Junio 2013
Newspaper:  Joyas para el drama de la frontera. 24 Horas:  Mexico City,  2013
Newspaper:  La frontera, cuando la joyería trata un problema social. Agencia N22:  2013
Book:  Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. Ray Hemeachandra, Chunghi ChooLark Books:  2013
Article:  LaFrontera. Rebekah FrankArt Jewelry Forum:  2013
Newspaper:  Ochenta y nueve artistas de varios países reflexionan alrededor de la frontera México- EU. La Jornada:  2013
24 de Julio 2013
Magazine:  Curated Exhibition in Print. Gothic Jewelry Sinister Pleasures. Metalsmith Magazine:  Bethel,  2012
Curated by Valerie Steel
Vol 32 No.4 Page. 35
Magazine:  La Joya como discurso. Lujan CambarierePagina 12 m2:  2012
3/3/ 2012. Argentina
Magazine:  A Jewellry Trip To Latin America. World One: International Watch & Jewellery Journal:  2010
Magazine:  Walking the Grey Area. Metalsmith Magazine:  Bethel,  2010
Vol. 31, No.1 Pag.56
Book:  Pendants. Lark Studio Series:  2010
Book:  Chasing and repousse. Nancy Megan CorwinBrynmorgen Press:  2009
Magazine:  Objects of Remembrance Contemporary Mourning Jewelry. Marjorie SimonMetalsmith Magazine:  2009
Vol. 29 No.5 p.29
Catalogue:  The New Latin American Jewelry. Valeria Vallarta Siemelink.  2009
Magazine:  Metalsmith Magazine Vol 29. 2009
Book:  500 Pendants & Lockets. Contemporary Interpretation of Classic Adornment. Lark Jewelry Book:  2008
Book:  PMC Decade. Tim McCreightBrynmorgen Press:  2007
Book:  New Directions in Metal Clay. Cece WireLark Books:  2007
Newspaper:  Concludes with success the show Contemporary Jewelry and Functional Art, School Lorena Lazard. Kesher Newspaper:  Mexico City,  2006
January 15, 2006
Newspaper:  The 300 and something more. Carlos GonzálesEl Sol de México:  Mexico City,  2003
June 10, 2003
Newspaper:  Last days Art in jewelry. Ricardo PohlenzReforma Newspaper:  Mexico City,  2003
Newspaper:  The Museum of Modern Art opens 3 days pavilion of objects and art. Omar GarcíaReforma Newspaper:  Mexico City,  2003
November 8, 2003
Magazine:  Art in silver. Paula Magazine:  Mexico City,  1998
Newspaper:  Explore the spirit of Spain. The Galveston Daily News:  Galvestone,  1992
February 21, 1992