Zurich, Switzerland born 1946
Richterswil, Zurich, Zürich canton, Switzerland
Materials & Technique: jewellery, necklaces, smoky quartz, 750 gold
Bernhard Schobinger, an accomplished goldsmith, combines found objects and industrial detritus with precious stones and other materials, often using sharp, jagged and broken materials to explore the physical metaphor of pain and mortification. His work also addresses the notions of eroticism, romanticism and sharp, streetwise chic in the form of personal adornment, acting as a moral narrative in a world where crime, violence and exploitation underpins wealth and prosperity. This work, with its almost grotesquely over-scaled gemstones and deliberately ‘primitive’ goldwork, has a violent energy and commanding presence when worn directly on the skin.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design