Using a wide variety of materials and techniques, such as the 17th-century Japanese Mokume-gane, Ezra Satok-Wolman meticulously hand-crafts jewelry with incredible details. There is a beautiful symmetry to all his pieces, intertwined with elegant lines, surprising shapes and vibrant colors. The textures he combines are mesmerizing: polished gold peppered with small diamonds or covered by braided glow in the dark thread.
“My work is an expression of philosophical ideas about the great mysteries of the Big Bang, the Universe and our very existence. Inspired by nature’s perfect design and its relationship to mathematics, my objective as an artist is to extract and reinterpret the fundamental elements that account for our perception of beauty and aesthetic value. While we as humans believe that we invented the language or field of mathematics, it was in fact learned intuitively through our direct contact with nature and the world around us. Numbers are mathematical objects used to define and translate patterns and forms. They exist at the root of everything, and are the characters that constitute the only true “Universal language”. Nature presents perfect examples of order, structure, symmetry and geometry that stimulate my creative process and leads the creation of each piece.
My current body of work relates to the neoplatonic philosophy of macrocosm and microcosm, as many of the pieces present the idea that the Golden Ratio or Phi is a Universal constant of design, and perhaps evidence of a Grand Design or Universal Blueprint. An accompanying essay explores the common origins and long standing relationship between mathematics and religion, dating back to Pythagoras who began the blending of Theology and Mathematics. Both the collection and essay attempt to communicate the notion that Mathematics is the true Universal language and the key to our understanding of just about everything. My hope is that each piece and its subject matter inspires and stimulates thought, debate and most importantly imagination.”
Ezra Satok-Wolman earned a diploma from the Jewellery, Art and Design Program at Vancouver Community College. He also received training in classical goldsmithing and stone setting under masters in Florence, Italy at Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world and featured in publications such as 500 Gem and Stone Jewels, Lark Books and June 2013 British Vogue. He has won numerous awards, including 2011, 2013 Niche Awards and 2002, 2008, 2009 MKSA Vision Awards. In 2009 he established, in collaboration with Jennifer Howard, Atelier Hg & Company Inc., Laboratory of Jewellery Arts and Sciences in Caldeon, Ontario, Canada .
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