Polya Medvedeva launched her contemporary jewellery line in 2010, she is an oil and ink painter, who works in Berlin. Her inspiration takes it’s roots from the aesthetics western and asian theoretics, such as Xie He (China, 5th century) or soviet philosopher Mikhail Lifshitz.
Her jewellery work is made of two parts: technical accurate work by jewellers with years of experience and new sculptural ideas by the artist. Each piece is a limited edition, many pieces were created in one copy. Polya's designer jewellery pieces are regularly featured in Vogue UA, Harper’s Bazaar UA, Another magazine UK and the other magazines.
One of the connoisseurs of Polya’s artwork is the German actress Anne Ratte-Polle, who chose the jewellery for the 64th Berlinale Film Festival. For ten years Polya showcases her jewellery in boutique Atelier1, which first foray internationally was a corner in Dover street market (London).
Artist discovered the unique way to encrust colourful gems, hid the spinels, tanzanites, emeralds, diamonds, pearls, rubies, sapphires, amethysts, and garnets between the filigreed flowers ornaments of gold, fig fruits shapes or twigs of Chinese peonies. And if the Bamboo necklace has a baroque attitude, it will always have a new touch, and look not baroque or Chinese, but futuristically in between. This refers to the artist's intuition to merge a beauty of contemporary thinking with the old traditions from all over the world and classical approaches in work.
About ink, oil and digital painting
While working one realizes that the most important thing in painting is to let the brush flow. The flow may give more elegance in each part of the artwork. This refers to Xie He art theory “Six principles of Chinese painting” (5th century), where the first principle is "spirit resonance", the vitality (or nervous energy) which is transferred from the artist into his work.
One can use plants as brushes for ink painting. Plants have an even longer evolution on earth than humans. Asian artists choose plants as a main inspiration in understanding human nature. Plants as brushes add technical natural proportions and impart “rules of nature” into work, as a new graphical language which gives us inspiration. Plants acting as brushes are soft enough to give more freedom to let the ink flow. Speaking through ink the language of the plants proportions is the process of searching for the balance between chaos and order, using a traditional ink technique equilibrating spots and lines. This also works graphically for jewelry, searching for the shapes in flowers, bamboos or pines in silver or gold. It is a process of learning the hidden math of beauty from plants.
About plants "language of proportions"
Trying to give vector graphics the feeling of watercolour was 15 years of challenging work but both of the styles, classical watercolour and vector graphic, were still way too atropocentric. Work with ink and real paper enables another level of “brush flow”. Plants and flowers can be used not only as inspiration for jewellery and paintings, which is typical for asian ink painting and old poetry, but also can be used as brushes. Plants have a longer evolution on earth then humans. Asian artists choose plants as the main inspiration in understanding human nature, the art with this graphical language of plants can give us new graphical transfer of “rules of nature” into artwork, and yet it was always clear for traditional asian ink artists long ago before the 5th century. Plants as brushes are added in technic natural proportions and impart “rules of nature” into work, when digital and classical brushes take so much energy to go out of your own standards of proportions as human being. But plants as brushes are soft enough to have more freedom to let ink go. Speaking through ink the language of the proportions of plants is making the search for the balance between chaos and order easier, using a traditional ink technique to equilibrate spots and lines. And it is also a process of learning from plants.
Germany, for Berlin Atelier enquiries, please contact:
Atelier1, 10 Shevchenko Blvd, Kiev
+38044 288 0550