Aurélie Guillaume


enamel on copper, sterling silver, fine silver, pure gold, and stainless steel
3 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 inches

French-Canadian artist Aurélie Guillaume plays with the longstanding link between the technique of enamel (in which powdered glass is fused to metal by firing it at a high temperature) and the art of storytelling. Where makers from other centuries might have presented religious narratives in their brightly colored objects, Guillaume looks to street art, comics, and other forms of popular culture. In her work, a single character is frozen in the middle of a story that remains hidden from the viewer. The brooch Bunny Bun-Bun features a rabbit with tangled ears who is seemingly upset and disturbed, overwhelmed perhaps by the profusion of pink blossoms that drift across the animal’s face and all over the back of the work. Aurélie Guillaume studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal, and at NSCAD University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her work is featured in the collections of the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the University of Iowa Museum of art, and the Pureun Culture Foundation in Seoul, South Korea.