I have always been fascinated by the infinite potential that metals offer and the opportunity of transforming their original properties and aspect in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved.
I avail myself of antique goldsmith techniques that have almost fallen into disuse, such as niello and granulation, personalizing them in order to give my work a distinctive character. I work with precious metals, combining them with other metals such as iron, copper and brass.
I apply niello to the surface of the metal so that it is completely covered. In this way, the preciousness of the metal disappears leaving way to a dark, rough surface. Through the use of heat, I achieve cracks and clots resulting in surfaces that seem battered and ill-treated, resembling ancient relics.
My work is based on spontaneity and instinct. I try to transfer everyday emotions into my jewellery in an impulsive way. This method allows me to develop works that are unique and sculptural.
Gigi Mariani is an Italian jeweler who uses the jewel like a painter uses a canvas to express his feelings. This contrast between geometric form and material texture allows him to develop works that are unique and sculptural. He recently won the JOYA 2014 award in Barcelona and will be the guest artist during the next edition of the fair.
En Gigi Mariani és un joier italià que utilitza la joia de la mateixa manera que un pintor fa servir la tela per expressar els seus sentiments. Aquest contrast entre la forma geomètrica i la textura del material li permet desenvolupar treballs únics i esculturals. Recentment va guanyar el premi JOYA 2014 a Barcelona i serà l’artista convidat durant la propera edició de la fira.