Sara Barbanti was born in Modena in 1991. After an Interior Design degree at Politecnico di Milano in 2013, she moved to Florence to attend a jewellery-making course at Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School. Once finished her studies she returned to Modena where she started to frequent Gigi Mariani’s goldsmith studio.
Transparent resin (mould obtained from a plastic glass), charcoal, silver, black paint. Oxidation technique.
The resin element appears transparent as the water but on the bottom of it you can read the identification numbers of the plastic used to produce disposable glasses, those which infest waters and the sea. Silver prong and shank had been wrought with varnish and oxidised to recreate the trail left by waves on the shore. The central volume seems to float in the middle of the ring, symbolising a black polluted and melting iceberg. The title of this piece, 1.6°C, comes from the highest atmospheric temperature threshold right before the ice starts its melting process.
Sara Barbanti won the second award of VDW JEWELRY 2017
and the special prize of Bini Gallery Australia