Friday, July 5, 2013

Inspiration Friday

I'm a little too insulated.  I do that on purpose.  I never look at what other jewelers are doing because I don't ever want to be accused of copying.  It's a little too neurotic, I think, but it's something I've been hypervigilant about since someone copied my chainmaille shrug.

But, inspired by the words of Paul Stankard, I decided to start seeking out art again.  Sitting around making chainmaille all day can create some myopia.  Thankfully, the Google Art Project means that I can look at art works when most cultural institutions are closed for the day.

On my first field trip to the Art Institute in Chicago when I was maybe 8 or 9, I remember seeing The Assumption of the Virgin by El Greco.  I have never been religious, but this piece stuck with me.  I don't know if it was the scale or the imagery, but it's my first memory of being in awe of a work of art.

You can check out what Google Art has to say about the piece by clicking here.

Vanessa Walilko
Handmade jewelry
Aluminum chainmail jewelry

1 comment:

  1. One of the first art museums I went to as a kid was a dusty old place with boring realistic landscape paintings and portraits. I went back a few years ago after it had transformed into the Fuller Craft Museum and got to see some of Paul Stankard's fabulous spheres up close. Now *those* are the kind of landscapes I can get behind!

    I look at other people's work endlessly. When I get inspired by it, I always try to think how I would make something using similar materials that is consistent with my own style. I always come up with something that doesn't look like the inspiration at all. The best example is seeing Günther Eucker's nail sculpture, Vast Ocean, at the Art Institute a few years ago, and having it stimulate a whole bunch of pieces involving nails and other pointy things, none of which look anything like Eucker's work, but may never have existed without me first seeing his.