“PROMISES” is an exhibition of new work by jewellery artist Cinnamon Lee exploring the multi-faceted nature of matrimony.
This is the first solo exhibition by Lee at Bilk in Manuka, where the show opens tonight, and it’s likely to be a popular one.
“Making a ring for someone’s wedding is always different to making any ordinary ring,” she says, adding, “‘Forever’ echoes through my thoughts throughout the making process. With each stroke of the file, every tap of the hammer, as my own hands familiarise themselves with each metallic circle, I imagine the future owner of the ring doing the same…remembering that they may wear the ring on their bodies everyday for the rest of their lives.”
According to Lee, she bears a burden of significant responsibility, as “conjugal rings are powerful objects and arguably the most sentimental of all jewels”.
“Their scale is minute, yet they can carry vast amounts of emotional investment and often equally vast amounts of monetary value,” she says.
Visitors to the gallery will have the chance to explore those ideas while viewing Lee’s sophisticated craftsmanship.
PROMISES, Cinnamon Lee at Bilk Gallery, Palmerston Lane Manuka, until September 21