Invisibility Faces Necklace 8

Design And Decorative Arts

Obsidian, wood beads, leather cord

Pendant is 7.6 cm x 6.5 cm. Overall length is 39.3 cm.

Unique Work

Works are consigned to Perrotin from the artist's studio. No certificate.

PRICE: $3,500

    About The Work

    These mysterious meteorite-like obsidian sculptures are made of volcanic black glass stones brought back from Armenia. Othoniel arrived at the title for his obsidian series, Invisibility Faces, after reading [Georges] Didi-Huberman’s book The Cube and the Face: Around a Sculpture by Alberto Giacometti, (2015). His obsidians were already made, but in Didi-Huberman’s descriptions of Giacometti’s uncanny, crystal-like form Othoniel recognized the character of a semiliving thing. Like Cube [by Giacometti], each of Othoniel’s obsidians is a thing and an image, a body and a stone, an abstraction and a man: an imponderable concatenation of heterogeneous meaning. 

    This series of necklaces are derived from his sculptural "busts"; natural stones displayed upon wood plinths. These obsidian busts, despite their titles, invite viewers to look at themselves in their shiny surfaces in a sort of mirroring or self-reckoning with our own human condition. 

    Each necklace is unique, shaped by the natural facets created by its formation and history.

    Courtesy of Perrotin

    About Jean-Michel Othoniel

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