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SPIRIT IN NATURE (article first published : 2007-09-5)

Spirit In Nature is an exhibition of Fine Art Jewellery by Michelle Pujol soon to run at the DUT Gallery at the Durban University of Technology. The artist’s unique designs are influenced by nature’s organic forms, its meanings and influence. Falling between being sculptural display artifacts to being functional pieces of jewellery, her training background is evident through her wittily creative and unique designs. With a Fine Art Diploma, she has also received a Jewellery Design Bachelor’s Degree.

Suggesting a feeling of femininity and fragility, Michelle Pujol’s jewellery is pristine mostly using silver and sometimes inserting strokes of gold. It comprises a botanic collection, designs sourced from the shape of vines, leaves, seedpods, flowers. In her artist’s statement she says: “I like to create drama by creating tension or a sense of fragility with a piece. Dark against light, large seemingly fragile flowers dangle precariously from a tentative wire, vigorous movement leading into quiet space. These are some of the ways that I achieve this sense of organic authenticity.”

Michelle’s jewellery is inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, Georgia O’Keeffe, Kayo Saito and Megan Cronin and she considers the works in this collection a journey of self discovery.

Spirit In Nature will be opened on September 17 at 18h00 (all are welcome) and it will run until October 11. Items on the exhibition will be for sale, unsold items will be on auction on the evening of October 2 at 18h00. The artist will be available by appointment for a guided viewing of the exhibition.

For more information call the Gallery Curator on 031 373 2207 or email nontobekon@dut.ac.za




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