18 – 20 October 2018
Thursday 18 October from 6pm
HOURS: Friday from 12 – 8 pm, Saturday from 11 am – 3 pm
Gotas de Azahar | Works by Atelier MayeCamarena
A moment of 43 years – by Francisco Javier Avila Maye, Madrid, June 1973
I hear a new sound … a sound that will envelop me and fill me with joy all my life. The clatter of some strange hammers adapted to rhythmic hands giving shape to a simple plate, filling it with ornamental fantasy willing to move any eye that knows how to look.
At this precise moment, my professional life began at only thirteen years old!
The nights of Madrid have a special charm: pencils, lights and shadows, colors and engraving, School of Applied Arts and Crafts (74-77) … diplomas and awards, what an emotion! Then come other schools: Circulo des Beaux-Arts (77-80), Academy of Painting Cervantes (80-83).
Other chiselled plates for unique pieces, different workshops and goldsmithing techniques but naturally, years of experience.
After having worked in different cities of Spain, such as Madrid, Murcia, Ciudad Real and Seville, I found myself in Paris, the cradle of art, following the wake of faith and optimism of my companion, an excellent and passionate Parisian. At this moment, I look back and find myself in the prelude of my apprenticeship, wanting to learn and pass on my experience and different goldsmith techniques to my son Borja, while continuing to apply my engraving here in Paris.
The birth of a work by Monique Camarena
An idea is born in the mind of the goldsmith, night and day thinking of her. His study, his fabrication, all the fundamental elements to give life to this unique piece out of his imagination.
Then the magic works!
With skill, the goldsmith runs his pencil on the white paper and observes the sketch of the room to commune with it. Moments of intimacy and creation …
With emotion and assurance, his love affair with metals is triggered. On the smooth plate, is reflected the design of this unique piece and as a conductor, he directs the rhythmic movements of his chisels and hammers on the plate. Sculptor of metals, the goldsmith gives relief and depth to his work Moments fusionnels … Goldsmith and metal, metal and goldsmith, a single entity.
Weeks or months and finally pops up the room.
Overflowing with vegetal or figurative ornaments, geometric decorations or textures,
Light as a plate and strong as metal
The birth of a work, and with it goes away a part of the soul of his silversmith.