The history of enameling has a longstanding tradition of storytelling, dating back as far as the Byzantine era where vitreous enamel was used as a vehicle for the depiction of religious icons. Using this traditional technique, Guillaume is reviving the idea of narrative in enameling through a contemporary context fueled by street art, comics, pop art and counterculture. All of her pieces begin with illustrations that take on a central role in her work. Guillaume's imagery usually features a single character frozen in a moment that suggests a single cel within a larger animation, capturing the ultimate moment of climax in a greater narrative not revealed to the viewer. Through the process of enameling, her illustrations transcend the two-dimensional realm of paper and are given new life in the physical world as wearable objects. By employing a combination of jewelry techniques and illustration, her work confronts the high art form of jewelry with lowbrow humor. In this way, Guillaume is reviving the traditions of enameling, as well as bringing illustration and cartooning into the context of contemporary jewelry.
Signature: Artist signature on back.
Toni Greenbaum, "Tooning into Enamel: Zachary Lechtenberg and Aurélie Guillaume" Metalsmith Magazine, vol. 36, no.5, (Fall) 2016: 22-29.
About Aurélie Guillaume
French-Canadian, b. 1990, Montreal, QC, Canada, based in Montreal, QC, Canada