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About the artist: Geneva-based artist Cedric Koukjian (b. 1985) is an experimental industrial designer who focuses on sculptural works across multiple mediums and materials, from miniature sculptures and metalwork to large monuments. Koukjian often collaborates with his father, Pierre Koukjian, under the name SINCE Geneva design studio. In his own practice, Koukjian has focused his creative work on the concept of ‘link’ as a visual metaphor for connection which he attempts to materialize in sculptural form. Koukjian’s artistic practice and research have taken him across the world, living across Europe in the plains of the Himalayas, and letting cross-cultural experiences shape his vision.
Why we love it: The artist creates monumental bonds from a wide range of materials, including steel, marble and resin, through labor-intensive processes. Koukjian marble works, for example, are made from single blocks of marble that the artist carves by hand. This process involves the artist sculpting the individual links with extreme precision so that the individual links have movement and the entire sculpture is flexible. Currently, the artist is presenting a selection of his resin sculptures in “Liaisons”, an exhibition of his works presented at Bulgari’s flagship store in Geneva.
According to the Artist: “At Bulgari, I exhibit a series of resin links that imitate the colors of precious stones: amethysts, citrine, sapphire… The symbol of the chain was a good marriage with the world of jewellery. Also, the technique I used to carve these works is that used by the ancient master jade carvers. I discovered this technique during my extensive travels in the Tibetan steppes and the ancient cities of Japan.
Check out how Koukjian created the works for his “Liaison” series in the video below.
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