David Bielander,

October 11 to November 5, 2011

A two and a half meter python is surely a ripsnorter, so long as she is a piece of jewellery. It took nearly five years to get her right: how to transform a lifesize python into a necklace?

Her movement; snuggling around your neck, her weight, her colour.

I aim to walk that fine line between making something simple enough that one unavoidably recognizes, that simultaneously requires a fair conscious effort to get beyond the obvious, and at the same time to be abstract enough that it allows a shift to happen, that the piece becomes something altogether new when it unpredictably connects with you.

Her official name has to be German for once: “Würgeschlange”… “würgen” (choking): what a beautiful word, almost onomatopoeic.

David Bielander
September 2011

Blue python, 2011, titanium, gold

Work from Ripsnorter

Black Forest by Ripsnorter Black Forest, 2011, titanium, silver
Rat by Ripsnorter Rat, 2010-2011, sterling silver
Dung Beetle by Ripsnorter Dung Beetle, 2007/2011, steel teaspoon, 18k gold
Hannibal by Ripsnorter Hannibal, 2011, aluminium
Face of Rock by Ripsnorter Face of Rock, 2011, Australian agate, star sapphire, silver
Pearl Pig by Ripsnorter Pearl Pig, 2003/2011, freshwater pearls, 18k gold
Thonet 01 (Weiner) by Ripsnorter Thonet 01 (Weiner), 2011, original Thonet chair no.14, 1859 - bentwood, paint, silver
Gentian by Ripsnorter Gentian, 2011, titanium, 18k gold
Banana by Ripsnorter Banana, 2010, silver, leather, paint

Artists involved