Gerd Rothmann, ‘Hand als Symbol und Ziechen’, 2011, Ornamentum

About Gerd Rothmann

Since he began designing jewelry over 40 years ago, goldsmith Gerd Rothman has incorporated cast parts of the human body into his practice. His tactile pieces are custom-made and individualized to a hyper-specific part of his client’s body: ear cuffs appear to melt into cartilage cavities, and knuckle wrinkles get absorbed into the design of a ring. Even when not meant to be worn, Rothman’s pieces are biomorphic, like small sculptures made from the casting of a heel. His metals appear warmed by the wearer, as if they’ve been softened to fit the body.

German, b. 1941