Her previous botanically-inspired collection included round-section wire, in voluptuous curves. The new work uses straighter lines; the metal is thinner, more delicate. The fineness of the wire invokes something more expressive; thoughtful and pensive in the larger pieces, hard-edged and determined in some of the smaller pieces.
Of the twenty-six pieces there are: three bracelets, four rings, a neckpiece, fourteen brooches and four objects. The neckpiece is in the window; the bracelets and objects on the left of the gallery; the brooches and rings on the right of the gallery, with large-scale black-and-white photographs of Carlier’s assistance Leah Teschendorff wearing some of the pieces. The separation works well; a kind of progression is seen through the smaller scale rings and brooches, to the bracelets and on to the objects.
Most of the pieces are made in sterling silver; though there are three in 18kt yellow gold, three in monel, and lacquer is used in one piece. A little shot of colour is injected with small pieces of coral in two brooches.
While the smaller pieces are beautiful, the objects had the most impact on me. Each of the four objects has two independent structures held in tight relationship; they are not attached, but interwoven. They seem to mournfully reach into each other, there’s a yearning; each needing the other, but there is space between them. I was deeply touched by them.
The exhibition media states: “Carlier Makigawa explores the parameters of small spaces in her new exhibition October 2009. Her spare, exacting constructions in silver wire have a monumentality that defies their scale and delicacy. Her new work consists of brooches and objects which move beyond the botanical inspiration of her earlier work to engage with more abstract notions of movement, compression and spatial manipulation.” It’s funny to me that the intent is in terms of abstraction and spatial exploration, yet I felt a very personal and emotional response.
Carlier Makigawa’s ‘October 2009‘ is at Gallery Funaki until 31st October 2009 – go and see it!