This brooch was part of Gioielli in Fermento 2012. That year's theme was inspired by stories about wine (#awinetale) and DeMeo's work is a symbolic representation of wine through his exploration of materials. The basis of his work is based on research of lightness. De Meo likes to create visual ambiguity between what is seen, and what actually is.
The "Red" Brooch and the "White" Brooch (in gold leaf) are both miniature abstract paintings that reaffirm De Meo's position as one of the most well-regarded Italian jewelry artists.
Polystyrene is the ultra-light insulation material used by the construction industry.
Signature: Signed and dated on the back of the brooch.
Gioielli in Fermento, The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross, New York, October 20-November 27, 2016.