Cover "Fragment" ring 18-karat gold (Photo: Chris Rhodes)

History and art converge at goldsmith Joy BC’s exhibition, hosted by The Shophouse Hong Kong

Joy Bonfield-Colombra, better known as Joy BC, is a British goldsmith and artist who uses the past as inspiration for her wearable artwork and objets d’art. The Shophouse Hong Kong gallery in Tai Hang will host the jeweller’s work for six weeks, with the exhibition opening on Monday 25th August.
 
Unveil Limited, creator of the gallery, seeks to “challenge the perception of art in Hong Kong/Asian society by connecting unconventional talents”. Joy handmakes socially conscious pieces from precious metals and materials, and each one is a testament to the detailed craftsmanship and in-depth research that she employs in her work.

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Some of the items available to see include fragments of faces from classical statues carved into rings, stud earrings moulded into the shape of perfectly imperfect ears, and rings with half faces shedding gemstone tears. Her ideas stem from challenging mythologies and weaving modern thought and emotion into them, and each piece has a personal narrative.

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In addition to the display, Joy has collaborated with photographer Chris Rhodes to create an accompanying publication with select images, with the foreword by craft historian Elena Cinelli.
 
The exhibition will run from August 25 until October 6.

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