bioephemera

Insect Jewels

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Tarantula
Elizabeth Goluch
sterling silver, gold, tourmaline

Canadian artist Elizabeth Goluch’s precious metal insects double as treasure-boxes. From her website:

My fascination with nature in general and with insects in particular began while I was a child growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario.

The work that I do reflects the influence of that environment — the wildlife and the insects, as well the intricacy, the complexity and the order inherent in nature. I am drawn to the beauty, but also to the danger in nature. I relish the visible, yet can imagine much more; which gives rise to the construction of secret spaces containing their treasures that I create within each piece.

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Bumblebee
Elizabeth Goluch
sterling silver, gold

The “treasures” sometimes cleverly pun on the name or associations of the insect – inside the ladybug’s abdomen is a burning house; the carpenter ants hold a saw, hammer and nails; the dargonfly (green darner) holds a darning needle.

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Dragonfly
Elizabeth Goluch
sterling silver, gold, moonstone, ceramit

Although her silver dragonfly is graceful enough to be elf jewelry – almost too pretty – Goluch doesn’t shy away from the nastier species. Earwigs and cockroaches get their turn, and look remarkably yummy in lustrous precious metal.

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Praying Mantis
Elizabeth Goluch
sterling silver, copper, gold

Via Planet Fabulon via feuilleton.

Comments

  1. #1 Rick Quarton
    November 22, 2008
  2. #2 Jessica Palmer
    November 24, 2008

    Thanks Rick! I actually blogged about the caddis cases a couple years ago – it’s good to see the artist is still at it.

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