MARION FRIEDMANN GALLERY

Flowers of Opal Obsidian

Pendant - necklace, in black Obsidian with red fire Opals, Julio Martínez Barnetche, Mexico



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FLORES DE OPALO DE XOCHIPILI - FLOWERS OF OPAL OF XOCHIPILI

by JULIO MARTÍNEZ BARNETCHE, México, 2012

MATERIALS & TECHNIQUES: Black Obsidian, high quality fire opals, .960 silver, lost wax casting
SIZE: H 7.2 x W 4.7 x D 3.8 cm // H 2.83 x W 1.85 x D 1.49

 
The shape of this piece has reminded me of the cross legs of a Xochipili, the Aztec god of flowers, plants, dance and music.

STORY & ARTIST STATMENT

“The shape of this piece has reminded me of the cross legs of a Xochipili, the Aztec god of flowers, plants, dance and music. The opals coming out of the Obsidian body also called upon his representation with flowers. Both stones in this piece are emblematic of Mexican geology: The Obsidian is central to pre-hispanic culture, while the Opal is a rather new stone in Mexican tradition. Obsidian is dark as the gestures of the representation of the divinity Xochipili, Opal is as colourful as the flowers contouring this deity.”

The first step in the process of crafting this piece is the choice of colour. The direct carving of stones is the second step:  giving shape and form to the material, using the specifics found in the stone in hand as my guidelines. Then follows the metal (silver) that is worked in the lost-wax casting technique and joins the stone to become one whole. Once the piece is done, the name is born in association with my thoughts and my memories. The jewellery object comes to life.