Thin and light, the works of Laura Cadelo Bertrand overstep the boundaries between jewel design and sculpture. They are wearable art, but also real three-dimensional or “wall mounted” creations, as Crudités: a series of metal plates on which stand out insects pierced with pins in a stylish sublimation of a gruesome scene – witness the drops of blood – playing on the themes of food fads and antique collector’s habits.
Laura works the metal with traditional techniques, using mainly manual mill, the coping saw, hammer and anvil, but inserting sometimes elements of applied embroidery and crochet. The materials are poor (copper, brass, aluminum) with the occasional appearance of colored stones more or less valuable to give a touch of light and glory, but with discretion.
Impossible to move away from manual labor experienced by the artist, who is a dancer, mime artist, painter and designer, as well as daughter who follows her parents footsteps through rich experiences of stimuli. Laura Cadelo began to produce objects tied to the movement of bodies and “all of them always start with a vision and a concept of theater. They are almost mini-performance”. And that is why they are evocative of moods, characters, stories, feelings, words and actions, always paraphrasing the words of the artist. Earrings, brooches, necklaces and rings are unique pieces arisen from an imagination which engages a strong component of childhood, game, of complete harmony with nature that provides most of the subjects, whether real as leaves and insects, or imaginary, like the phoenix.
But the objects make sense especially if associated with their titles, which combine humor and classical culture. Solitaire Dialogue is a necklace that, as pendants, has two small empty chairs, Present Time is a little man climbing difficulty on an unstable ladder, Scylla and Charybdis, a necklace with Ulysses’ boat, First Aid is a pin to which are hanged three miniature cutlery, Higher And Higher the ring with a character made out of beads that challenge the sky from a swing.
Her studio is a small shop crowded with thin tangle of wires, stones sparkle bright, mirrored reflections on metal plates. Often are hosted the wonderful photographs of her friend Carlo Vannini, and you meet the artists and celebrities: nothing to do with jewelry, so that outside of this space great and small metal creatures by Laura Cadelo intersect frequently in museums and sites devoted to contemporary art.