Wisconsin, United States of America born 1953
Stag beetles, grubs and raspberries
2001 Description: neckpiece
Place made: San Clemente, California, United States of America
Materials & Technique: jewellery, neckpieces, fine silver, sterling silver, 24 carat yellow gold, 18 carat yellow gold, glass enamels fine silver, sterling silver, 24 carat yellow gold, 18 karat yellow gold, glass enamels
David Freda combines consummate skills as a jeweller and enamellist with a naturalist’s lifetime experience of observing the more elusive elements of the natural world. The cyclical drama of birth, metamorphosis and death is given form in this necklace based on the life cycle of the stag beetle, with cast and enamelled elements depicting the insect as a grub and an adult, nourished with raspberries. Freda’s work evokes the Art Nouveau style of French glassmaker Emile Gallé and jeweller René Lalique, but is realised through a sharper lens of inquiry, scientific observation and technical innovation.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design