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Māris Šustiņš. RAINING STARS
May 20, 2016 - June 13, 2016
From May 20 until June 16, 2016
at Art gallery PUTTI
Solo exhibition by latvian jewellery artist Māris Šustiņš
Stars of different colours and forms shine in all their brilliance – forming a contemporary jewellery exhibition.
“Raining stars – that`s the moment when we look at the sky and try to notice falling stars. These stars give us hope, love and the big chance to wish for something. Maybe the stars fall for us? Maybe they are tired from shining for billions of years and by flashing up one last time they fade out, making us turn our attention to them for a least a couple of seconds.
Inner dialogue, a conversation with myself is the beginning – that`s how I try to spark up my creativity when I start the exciting jewellery making process. I ask someone inside me, I talk to him, and He answers me. Is it myself that I am talking to or is it some other being or energy? At the beginning I see the character of the jewellery piece. Maybe it comes to my thoughts and imagination from somewhere far away or maybe it has always lived in my unconsciousness. Only when I concentrate to work while listening to music I can materialize my thoughts and feelings into jewellery, while trying to add a story or a romantic secret to each piece.
Air vibrates, everything in nature blossoms, and I am sure that all the work I have put into thus exhibition will sum up as a body of energy that I give to all of you, only to receive back your love and joy. Stars are given the chance to spark up again!” Māris Šustiņš
Jewellery for this exhibition is made from various materials, using modern methods of metal working, as well as traditional precious metal handling methods. Titanium is used as a background, the spotlight is on silver, gold and jewels of different colour and form. Clean shapes and volume in contrast with intricate and complicated structures attributes countless possibilities of character, depth and even a surprise effect in the jewellery pieces. But this time in the centre of all of it we put the queen – Star!
Māris Šustiņš is a graduate of the Metal Design Department at the Art Academy of Latvia. Now he is the Head of Metal Design program at the Riga Design and Art School. He is one of the most romantic Latvian jewellery artists.
His style is constantly changing, surprising his fans. Sometimes one can spot sensual romanticism in his works, sometimes – lyrical art-deco style. Nevertheless, his jewellery may also feature complicated technologic experiments or strike with an unexpected simplicity.