THIS PAGE shows my earlier jewellery and functional work which connects to or deals with ideas about preciousness and/or concrete, in roughly chronological order. For current work see the gallery page.
Sterling silver, opals, portland cement, 1996. ©Andrew Goss
This ring was made for an exhibition titled Precious Intentions. Opals are buried (hidden) in the portland cement, which has been poured into a sterling silver bezel. No one knows for certain the opals are there except myself; the purchaser has to trust me. For me the concept and the design (form) are what give a piece value, not the arbitrary value of a material. Would someone be willing to buy this ring knowing they could never show the opals to anyone? If there were two rings in a display case like this, and one had opals and one did not, should they be the same price?
Half a Pound of Amethysts:
Concrete, half pound of amethysts, bronze, patina, gold leaf, 1996. 8.5" X 4" X 4". ©Andrew Goss
Amethysts were used as the aggregate in this box with lid. In one or two places the stones can be seen at the surface, but most of the "preciousness" is hidden. This was made for the Precious Intentions show.
Slot Box 2:
Concrete, copper, patina, gold leaf, 1996. About 6 in (23 cm) high. ©Andrew Goss
This is the second box-like form for the Box exhibition. Again the concrete was cast in a mold, but with only one wire piercing the form. It can stand in many positions, tilted as shown, or upright and symmetrical, with the opening at the top, or at the side. I like the tension of the mass of concrete resting on the single metal point, and the contrast between the preciousnesss of the gold leaf and the roughness of the concrete. Concrete, almost by definition, says 'heavy' or 'coarse' while metal says 'elegant' and 'sophisticated.'
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Last update: June 16, 1998.