PAINTS WITH CHAINS
Mine and Greg Yüna's 'GOATED' artworks are composed entirely out of Yüna's fine jewelry. The idea to paint with chains and jewelry was sparked in late 2019, when I was photographing product shots for Yüna's website. I had laid several chains out, and before I shot them, I realized that they reminded me of a human's vascular system. The concept had officially clicked-and I decided that jewelry is going to be my medium. From that point on, I began using my graphic design skills to photograph and digitally manipulate the jewelry into intimate and incredibly detailed artworks.
Together, we've released several limited edition fine art prints, mirror prints via the NTWRK app, and recently presented our work as NFTs. The world of NFTs has presented a glorious opportunity to us-as artists that exist somewhere between physical and digital mediums, we now feel like we fit right in. Ultimately, Greg and I are aiming to create these artworks, made of Greg's jewelry, back into jewelry sculptures.
The way I see it, is I'm making art from art. By this, I mean that Greg's jewelry is art in and of itself. As his creative partner, I know just how much time, skill, and creativity goes into each piece. It's remarkable. So, using his jewelry as a medium is an absolute honor.
Our process is incredibly fun. One of us will have an idea of what to make, and then I get to choose from an absolutely massive inventory of magnificent jewelry, all Greg's. We arrange some pieces, in real life, on a table, as we see fit. We utilize everything--stones, chains, timepieces, rings....you name it. We'll photograph what's needed for the artwork in mind. I have a stockpile of already-digitized jewelry to work with, too. We'll photograph what we need, and from there I use Photoshop and Illustrator to play with what I have.
Videos courtesy of Suresh Gordon and Griffin Harrington.