Agnieszka Knap, ‘A Rose That Is Bleeding Out Its Ears, Brooch’, 2015, The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross

This brooch, "A Rose That Is Bleeding Out Its Ears, is central to Knap's long-term project "What Could It Be". The project has its origin in the Rorschach personality test and its inkblots images. The famous Swiss psychiatrist tried to map the human experience using simple drawings to trigger associative unconscious thought. Knap is interested in the idea that art can be used as a tool to understand another human being. She regards that a piece of jewelry can have a similar function - it can reveal us to others or make a connection.

The artist translated all the Rorschach images into three-dimensional objects. To gain access to inner thoughts of others she created a performance, Dr Knap Qualified Jewellery Artist. In an interview-like situation she asked the audience what they see in a particular object. The collected associations are the ground for the new body of work.

The brooch is made of enamel. "I’ve been using enamel in my work for many years but I don’t see myself as an enamelist per se, or an artist for whom a specific material or technique constitutes an inception of the work. Enameling simply suits my intention to achieve a particular tone of expression. I use it in a rough, experimental manner – not working towards formal perfection, but rather embracing the unpredictability of the working process."

Signature: Signed and stamped on back.

Inger Wastberg, Contemporary Swedish Art Jewelry (Stockholm: Arvinius + Orfeus, 2013): 106.

About Agnieszka Knap