18ct Gold, Black Rhodium
DELIRIUM MINIATURE ARC PENDANT BLACK
This talisman is taken from ‘Delirium’, Series III of Story V: ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’.
Protection and adornment are signature to the Hannah Martin brand; the finely balanced lines and shaping of this pendant are the perfect example of Hannah’s perpetual need to reinvent through story and sculpture. Long a key finish for Hannah, black rhodium brings this elegant pendant further into its own subtlety.
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18ct Gold with Black Rhodium.
This necklace is made from approximately 6.5 grams of 18ct gold, finished with darkest black rhodium. This piece was originally created using CAD technology combined with hand carving. Each necklace is hand made in London.
Widest point: (top of pendant) 18mm tapering to a point at the bottom.
Height: (from top of wings to bottom point) 16mm
Thickest point: 6mm
Clasp Hoop: 9mm diameter
Clasp Spike: 15mm long
Length of Chain: 45cm
‘Delirium’ is the last series in the trilogy that makes up the collection ‘The Man Who Knows Everything’ – a tale of an alchemist; A futurist shaman transcending centuries and cultures – a man beyond limits and beyond time.
The muse of the collection grew from my fascination with the infamous Comte de St Germain. The Comte was a man of unknown origins and unknown end. His death was reported countless times, yet always he would reappear, in another place and another time. He was impeccably dressed, understated apart from the vivid jewels that he wore on his hands, in his shoe buckles and carried with him in his travelling case. Voltaire described him as ‘the man who knows everything and never dies’.
As the frenzied finale in this tale of The Man Who, I wanted ‘Delirium’ to be intense and euphoric – I wanted to create huge, monumental shapes. I wanted pieces of sculpture for the body.
My research began in the realms of Egyptology and moved through to the writings of Aleister Crowley and the films of Kenneth Anger. Perhaps the largest visual influence however was monumentalist and brutalist architecture. I was looking at the photographs of water towers taken by the artists Bernd and Hilla Becher and the incredible communist constructions of Soviet Russia in the 1950’s, alongside the work of the architect Santiago Calatrava. These mammoth concrete structures give the sense of sheer force and power in sculpture that I was looking for.
The Miniature Arc Pendant drew from this research. As I was working on the countless sketches that lead me to the final design I had the sense that I was striving to create lines that felt as if they were taking off somehow, forms that couldn't be held in place – that had a power of their own. The stacked sculptural shapes in the pendant rise up as it goes, in almost wing-like forms – reaching their finale as the pendant meets the chain. It was important to me that the line between pendant and chain would not be broken – so the chain flows right through the pendant and continues it’s line right around the neck.
Unlike its sibling the Monumental Arc Pendant, this smaller talismanic pendant is quieter somehow. Without losing its vital presence, it whispers its power, rather than shouting aloud. The contrast between the strong graphic lines, and the arched, almost voluptuous, forms as they curve around make the pendant sensual, as well as subtly yet powerfully potent.
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