Ela Bauer

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.


我的作品灵感来自汉代墓葬中“金缕玉衣”此类型衣饰主要组成为玉片,并视死者阶级分等级以金丝、银丝或铜线串起玉片与之编成。 汉朝宫室相信玉具有防腐功能,可以保存死者的容貌和灵魂。

几千年来,玉都以其硬度、耐久性、音乐性和美感而备受推崇。其中微妙的半透明的色彩和被赋予的守护属性都与中国文化中灵魂和永生(不朽)相关。和金子相结合后,成为天堂的象征。

我尝试用我常用的树脂材料来达到玉石的色彩阴影效果,模仿玉的温润和半透明感,并用14k金线来将它们串联起来,一方面是模仿“金缕玉衣”的做法,另一方面也是为了颜色搭配上的美观(金色和玉石的绿色)。

About Artist


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..

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