In making this work I was inspired by the jade burial suits of the members of the royal Han dynasty. The family members were completely covered with thin rectangular pieces of jade that were sewn in a golden thread. One believed that the jade suit would preserve the body and the souls within it.
For millennia was Jade praised for its hardness, durability, musical qualities, and beauty. In particular, its subtle, translucent colours and protective qualities caused it to become associated with Chinese concepts of the soul and immortality. With gold, it was considered to be a symbol of heaven.
Working with resins- a material I often use- I tried to reach as many jade - green shades and tones as possible, trying to reach the delicacy and translucency of the Jade.
In connecting the parts I used 14kt golden thread, referring to the symbolic meaning of the materials and in order to achieve the beautiful colour combination of gold and jade-greens, just as is the case on the burial suits.
Ela Bauer, born in Poland in 1960, grew up in Israel. After completing her studies at the Hebrew University (comparative literature and indology), Jerusalem from 1982-1989, she went to study jewelry at Technical School in Jerusalem from 1988-1989 and at Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands from 1990-1995. In 2005, She took part in the Masterclass in the European Ceramic Center with Daniel Kruger, Den Bosch. Ela Bauer attended exhibitions worldwide, including Gallery Ra. Amsterdam, NL., Gallery Mari Funaki, Melbourne, Australia, The Eretz Israel Museum, TelAviv, Israel, The Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, Manchester Craft & Design Center, Manchester, UK. Her work is included in museums collections: Museum of Art and Design, NY, USA, Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany, Pinakothek der Modern, Munich, Germany, Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL..