ARTIST STATEMENT

A side view photograph of the mint green Twist Brooch. It is a folded and twisted design in an assymetrical oval shape. The backgrounnd is plain white.

Dominika Kupcova is a jewellery designer and maker based in Glasgow, Scotland, who creates complex, eye-catching structures with an element of optical illusion, carefully constructed using repeated layers of linear pattern. The work is informed by the aesthetic properties of the DNA double helix, inspiration generated through an interest in science and genetics since childhood. A fascination with the intricacies of human genetic make-up, uniformly structured yet individual, is echoed in the unique hand crafted jewellery objects.

 

Dominika’s work is created using a combination of hand and manufacturing processes – traditional skills of metal work alongside modern techniques of laser cutting and spray painting. The resultant body of work, titled the LINES Collection, pursues to seamlessly combine precious metals, predominantly sterling silver, with non-precious materials of card and spray paint, which are manipulated and transformed through a variety of processes into a material which is sturdy, durable and waterproof. Dominika’s Silver Collection is a sculptural exploration of metal wire to create beautiful original pieces entirely out of precious materials. The two collections are aesthetically intertwined and sit cohesively alongside each other, showcasing the variety in which precious and non-precious materials can be manipulated to create wearable works of art.

Dominika sitting at her bench in a jewellery studio. She has mid-length blonde hair and thick black glasses, and is wearing a dark green shirt with a small rectangular red pin, pinstripe black trousers and black boots. Her jewellery bench is full of colourful tools and tubs, has a large white lamp clamped to it, and a corkboard and white board is hanging just above it. There is a small white radiator at the front of the shot next to the bench, and a small white table with a black pot behind Dominika. The background has windows that peak into other artist studios.