Esther Brinkmann feels that it is a special thing to create artwork that will be displayed on a body. She states, “When I think about jewellery I focus my mind on specific relationships between the object and a body. Jewellery is about shaping intuitions and ideas, transforming materials and creating objects that will act as messengers between the very intimate and the public space.” She calls manipulating jewellery and the concept of packaging ‘Renewable Pleasures’.
Brinkmann started almost 20 years ago to make ‘finger vessels’. “Wearing jewellery induces a dialogue with the body, with the mind and with emotions. I seek to provoke a different perception of the hand that wears a ring, and which spreads the fingers apart,” she states.
For the last four years she has been living in Mumbai and has been thrilled by the omnipresence of colours and the fabulous ornaments on fabrics and architecture – an idea that she is trying to blend in her work.
Since the last two and a half years, for the enamelling, she has been collaborating with Kamal Kumar, a national-award winning Meenakari master in Jaipur. Brinkmann feels that “it can go beyond to fulfil other needs. I am concerned about the relationship between the object and the wearer. Jewellery, a sign of a certain status, is also a medium to reveal our personality and deliberately communicate our stand in life. Jewellery plays the role of a bridge between what is intimate and what is public.”
New Works by Esther Brinkmann will be on show at Gallery Chemould Prescott Road, Mumbai from July 29 – August 28, 2014.