Anja Šućura is a multidisciplinary artist with a current focus on metal and a background in textiles, painting and a number of other mediums. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, she currently resides in Fredericton, New Brunswick where she obtained a Diploma in Metal/Jewellery Arts from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Šućura’s practice is based on material and technical exploration with conceptual development that, more often than not, happens in the process of creating. Regardless of its complexity, the work is always aimed at creating a connection with her audience.
‘Emotions’ Artist Statement
This year I am focusing on creating a new body of visual artwork with the intent of bridging historical and contemporary aesthetics,an idea that is perhaps most prominent in my current jewellery line based on the Georgian era practice of the ‘Lovers Eye’. A product of forbidden love between a royal and a widow, this cheeky display of affection spread quickly through the bourgeoisie society of 18th century England. These intricate, intimate jewels talked about love, lust, sorrow and loss. Fittingly titled, ‘Emotions’ focuses on pulling these aesthetic and conceptual threads forward into new forms of art. Consisting of one-of-a-kind pieces, the line is crafted with carefully chosen imagery adopted from works of the Old Masters that rest in simple, yet bold, sterling silver frames. The motion of the face and the gaze of the eyes chosen are amplified by colour and contrast, adding the modern aspect of digital imagery manipulation. Taking the facial expressions out of context of these usually highly charged, dramatic and religious based artworks deconstructs the original intention, giving the viewerthe opportunity to assign to the piece whichever emotion it evokes in them. It makes for a personalised piece of jewellery while also creating a connection to centuries of culture and history. Following the pattern of blending opposites, the pieces are a mix of plastic and precious metal components, placing value on inexpensive materials through design and labour and challenging the assumptions on the value of contemporary art jewellery. The ultimate goal of this line is to bring back the actual meaning of the ‘Lovers Eye’ and to work with clients on personal pieces, honouring the ones they love.
The 'Coleoptera' collection is a contemporary take on the sacred symbol of scarab. Hand-painted beetles rest on shield-like shapes evoking the amulet and protection properties of the symbol. Colorful and bold, they are meant to encourage conversation and share passion for the art of jewellery and its importance in history and culture.