prune:v. pruned, prun·ing, prunes
2. To remove or cut out as superfluous.
Today I received information about the next exhibition of Gabi Veit, an artist from Bolzano, Northern Italy. She is exhibiting her work ‘Pruning Relations’ and ‘berg.werk’ (mountain work) at the gallery of Antonella Cattani in Bolzano, from 25-30.11.2011. Her pieces woke something in me that I cannot exactly describe, so I think it’s best for all of you, if I left her explain how she works and gets inspired in her own words.
“Relations between human beings, between my environments and me – all intrigue me. Developments in relationships, growth in nature and farmers’ work on their plants can all be compared.
The jewelry pieces are first sawed in wax and then cast in aluminium and resin. I build up and cut away the superfluous. I like the idea that growth is the process of constructive destruction.”
berg.werk (Mountain Work)
“The mountains; time and time again the mountains. I grew up in the mountains, in the Dolomite Mountains.
They encircle me; I have hiked all over them. I have walked all over them; I have lost my way in them. slipped in and crept out.
I cut wax and hollow it out. The pieces are cast in silver. They are unique specimens. Just as my mountains are.”