Lucy Sarneel

Lucy Sarneel’s distinctive use of fabricated zinc is inspired by the material’s omnipresence in the objects and architecture of her native Netherlands. The material represents the blue-grey sky and sea, and the color of the subconscious. Zinc is the reassuring, domestic world of rain pipes, buckets, and washtubs; towers and dormer windows, the architectural “jewels” of old European cities; and the protective quality of steel preventing rust. Creating fields of tension in form, idea, and material, she uses familiar symbols for love, protection, and handcrafts, as well as forms relating to forgotten traditions, proverbs, popular motifs, and themes from folklore. For some time her work has developed towards the idea of a jewel as a power-object and patron, trying to catch a kind of “cultivated primitivism”. This provides a counterweight to the high-tech, efficient, and mass-oriented world in which cultures are disappearing as a result of commercialization and globalization. The visual language of her jewelry is associative, often sculptural, and encourages the free experience of thoughts and feelings. A graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Sarneel has exhibited in major international solo and group exhibitions. She is considered one of the most influential and inspirational artists working in jewelry today.  

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