Kaleidoscoping and Circles
From the Greek:
kalos for “beauty”
eidos for “form”
skopos for “watcher”
Much as a kaleidoscope reflects tiny pieces, colliding and transforming them into appealing patterns, Nora Rochel seeks out shapes that capture her interest. Then, through gentle manipulation, she creates delicate ornaments and arranges them in compositions of
Rochel’s predominant interest, plants and their flowers, bridge together what are becoming two more distinct chapters in her work. The
featured necklaces are obvious meditations on botanical forms, and juxtaposed with her newer work, represent an exploration of
understatement and modesty. There is a sweetness and clarity to the more straightforward meditations on her theme.
In contrast, the group of new rings mark the exploration of deeper decadence. With their abundance of details and more aggressive scale, they represent a fresh chapter in Rochel’s explorations. The botanical language devolves as the pieces become more complex and ornate, ultimately verging on abstraction. They also become more playful and toy-like, verging on kitsch. Colorful vintage glass stones as well as more precious gems capture and scatter the light, completing this transformation.
Rochel’s evolving perspective becomes more apparent when this work is viewed together, and the vying perspectives are enhanced. Viewers can appreciate the clarity of focus in the more subtle pieces as well as the freshness and animation of the new work.
Starting from geometrical shapes like circle, semicircle, rect- angle and ribbon, the surfaces are bent into the room along defined lines. The contour, the edge, the folding angles and the size ratios of the basic shapes play an important role.
I compose the individual elements together to form a neck- lace. I verify the fit of the collier, that it lies smoothly around my neck.
The blackened colliers are made out of bronze and silver. The black tint of the metal sheets lives and changes by wearing them.
In contrast to this, in yellow, deep red, dark green etc. , I create enameled necklaces. The edges are black oxidized and the colored surfaces appear rounded. The colliers are made in enameled red tombak and gold 750.
My jewelry work is planned and manufactured in small edi- tions.
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