Small sculptural pieces made by hand by Sevillian jewelry Trinidad Contreras cannot be defined as everyday pieces of jewellery. Their special forms and finishes conceal a specific message in each creation. These are often of a personal nature, with questions and answers, and with reflections about how to relate to other human beings, their needs and what each person offers as an individual.
“I am a sculptor, and I experiment with the freedom of creating without limits. This is the most valuable part of my work”.
Trinidad’s intends to both express her feelings through a specific material, forms and gestures, and to create a unique symbolism that becomes universal. You only need to look at the accompanying photos to realise that this is complex work in which an original and attractive design, and the symbiosis of different materials, must coexist on the same plane.
“I feel a great attachment to simple, geometric forms with volume,” says the creator. She chooses work that is more closely related to sculpture than jewellery, though in the end the result is on a smaller scale that turns these small pieces into portable artworks.
“I am a sculptor, and I experiment with the freedom of creating without limits. This is the most valuable part of my work. Only when I’m close to finishing each piece do I begin to imagine it on someone’s body. I find it fascinating – it’s like wearing a painting or a sculpture, not just with the function of decorating or complementing a body,” she says.
It is this point that proves the difference from traditional jewellery – introducing materials that are less frequently used in this work, but that manage to incorporate a new expressive language. “In contemporary jewellery the use of any material is acceptable, as long as there is a good reason for doing so – it has been this way since the 60s. In my case, porcelain contributes a great deal to the meaning of my work due to the way it is transformed during the creative process,” she says. It is also “a material that is growing in the contemporary art market and that is being used as a new form of expression for people who need to express themselves with their hands.”
“The porcelain contributes a great deal to the meaning of my work due to the way it is transformed during the creative process”.
As she continues searching for new modes of expression, Trinidad has become a leading figure in handmade jewellery. Her courses and workshops go beyond the merely formal and open new doors to a world of greater expressiveness. “I can see in the majority of my creative workshops in other disciplines how they add to the experience of what the ceramics process offers, which calls for calm and commitment,” she says.
Photos: Abel Vilches/José Bravo/Jorge Marin-Buck
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