This piece was created for my first public exhibition. At the time jewellery was my private passion - it was this first exhibition which brought about my career change and led to me setting up a full time studio.
With a degree in Political Economics, jewellery was a private passion for many years. Predominantly self-taught with numerous evening classes since the 90's I have been making jewellery only for myself and close friends.
Then I was invited to take part in this group show during London Jewellery Week. At this first exhibition, to my astonishment, I won an award, received press coverage and most pieces sold quickly and a couple of collectors brought my work including Tuan Lee who bought this arm piece together with several other pieces.
I only ever intended to make jewellery just for myself. With this amazing response at this first exhibition, I thought...how wonderful, this feels rather nice...maybe I'll take part in one more exhibition...that was in 2009...
I am grateful to all those who showed their support, bought and featured my work at the very beginning.
Overall, I am drawn to the minimalist philosophy and aesthetic of Zen, especially calligraphy as well as the expressive archaic forms of tribal arts.
I don't work conceptually. Rarely are there any direct inspirations for a particular piece. My experimentations are process driven, one idea, one experiment leads to another until the choreography of the dynamic lines and empty space come together to exude a seemingly effortless serenity.
By leaving small marks of the work-process of bending, forming and joining the hand-made quality of crafting remains visible as a humble recognition of our human flaws and imperfections. Since the beginning in 2009 when this piece was created I think my imperfections have improved.
With my experimentations being process driven and one idea, one experiment leading to another - this piece is one of the precursors of the following curvature pieces...which I make today - 2017.
Ute Decker, 05 January 2018