Bereft in the sense that their canvases are so large, bereft in the sense that they can employ space and sound and colour and weave them all together into an art that can stand wide and tall.
But then I made this ring.
And I realised that although my canvas may be small I have an advantage over those other art forms in that I actually get to gather real physical ingredients, small hunks of the 'Earth' and create compositions that have a solid, real and permanent presence.
This thing that I do, this goldsmithing and stone setting and cutting and soldering, suddenly didn't seem so small anymore.
This ring was a private commission that was a reinterpretation of my 'Eat Your Greens' ring (which can be found on Etsy here). The client loved the matt pebble in the Yellow Submarine ring and the leafy texture applied to the stone housing. The ring needed to be part of the seaside.
I got busy sourcing this most tranquil piece of turquoise. The organic faceted surface is just beautiful. The lack of transparency and sparkle make it pebble like whilst the colour is just the perfect evocation of those liquid depths, shifting with time and tide.
|Seascape Ring, April 2015, Cari-Jane Hakes|
I will still compare my art to other disciplines but there is no point in considering the limitations because, to be honest, it just depends what lens you look through. Perhaps those limitations are actually the foundations of all that is good in this discipline of combining rock and metal. Perhaps those limitations of scale are actually the root of this discipline's greatest power and advantage. Perhaps wrapped up in this confinement there is a freedom of sorts.