This brooch was part of the group show Stone, which ran at Gallery S O, in London, during September and October 2019. Like a shaman or alchemist, Estonian carver and jeweller @juliamariakunnap appears to alter the natural state of materials, turning precious stones to liquid. In her hands, stone sag, melt, drip, or ripple, reducing rock crystal to a watery drip, causing obsidian to ripple endlessly, or melting onyx like chocolate. In the brooch Maybe Tonight, Künapp has taught a faceted length of smoky quartz to bend, squeezing it into an angle and setting it in place—its facets still beautifully aligned and polished. One might call her work with stone mischievous or clever, but it seems rather more tender and empathetic than that: She’s showing stone how to do something beyond its own nature, but something surprisingly within its will.
This piece is available at the gallery. "Maybe Tonight", 2016, brooch, smoky quartz and gold, 50 x 20 x 15 mm, photo by the artist - 1 hour ago