Ligia DiasProduct Design
After JOSEF (BAUHAUS)
Ligia Dias, After JOSEF (BAUHAUS), 2020–2021
After JOSEF (BAUHAUS) is inspired by the Bauhaus alphabet designed by the artist Josef Albers,* who is also the husband of Anni Albers whose jewellery work is a primal source of my artistic practice.
To make this series of earrings — and a few pendants — I have recycled laminated aluminium plate tests I found at the jewellery class I attended from 2018 to 2020. In my work, I am looking for conceptual contrasts by using antagonistic components: hardware washers with grosgrain ribbon tape, champagne bottle cork stoppers with cultured pearls... In the case of After JOSEF (BAUHAUS), I have juxtaposed aluminium with 18-carat gold. My creations are collages of multiple references and my production process is as valuable as the object I make. I aim to give a meaning to my work rather than a form or a function. Anyway, the alphabet is a traditional programme in a jewellery collection.
* Josef Albers, Design for a universal typeface, c. 1926