A letter to Elisabetta Cipriani
I was never attracted by jewels. I’ve told you this several times. In the end perhaps that’s why I’ decided to accept your provocation? Challenge? Invitation? Or perhaps you just knew that I wouldn’t resist doing something new, exploring most of all my limits, my inclinations, my prejudices and why not admit it, my fetishisms. During the process of making these pieces there was a somehow omnipresent, vague and yet entangling eroticism as if bending, twisting, welding was a caress.
There is no difference in doing a jewel, a sculpture or a drawing. At least not for me. I’m a painter that, after all, does many other things but always with that strange but intense emotion of the first moment.
With these bracelets, such a moment was the anticipation of the encounter between the metal and the body, the harsh and the gentle.
Vitality of life comes of its contradictions, antagonisms, its permanent tension, a stream of clashes.
In art, like in life, harmony is fragile in appearance, and, in the pieces I’ve created for you, gold and iron, light and darkness, are the raw materials, the origin of that vitality. They have to be worn by women with the very same vitality. I’ve made it for them.
(Pedro Cabrita Reis)
Lisbon, 19 September 2015
B by Pedro Cabrita Reis will feature seven unique bracelets made in iron and 18 karat yellow gold.
About Pedro Cabrita Reis
Pedro Cabrita Reis was born Lisbon, Portugal, 1956, where he lives and works. In 2013, he created a site-specific work A remote whisper at the 55th Venice Biennale and in 2003 he represented Portugal at the 50th Venice Biennale. Reis has exhibited extensively across the globe, including exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London (2013), Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon (2011), M – Museum for Contemporary Art, Leuven (2011), Carré d’Art, Nîmes, (2010), Hamburger Kunsthalle (2009), Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009), Biennale de Lyon, France (2009), Fondazione Merz, Torino (2008), Kunsthaus Graz, Austria (2008), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2006), Modern Art Center, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2006), Kunsthalle Bern (2004), Camden Arts Centre, London (2004), 24th São Paulo Biennale (1998), 21st São Paulo Biennale (1994), and documenta IX, Kassel (1992).
About Elisabetta Cipriani
Elisabetta Cipriani collaborates with renowned international sculptors and painters to create exclusive wearable sculptures with the use of precious materials. Since 2009 the London-based gallery has exclusively collaborated with sixteen contemporary artists including Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enrico Castellani, Erwin Wurm, Giorgio Vigna, Jannis Kounellis, Rebecca Horn and Tatsuo Miyajima. A selection of the gallery’s collaboration projects can be found in museums and private collections across the world, including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Museum of Art and Design, New York; World Jewellery Museum, Seoul and Stedelijk Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Holland.