Pierre Bonnefille, 2019, Artist
Can you explain your creative process for this piece and how it specifically responds to the gold theme of this year’s Piaget booth?
My creative process for the Piaget salon is inspired by the concept of ‘L’Art de L’Or’. Within this theme, I looked at solid gold engraving and the revelations of working in a hollow space. From this, I created enlargements of details that I have seen on a small scale on the links of Piaget watches. It is the same process for my three works on show at Art Dubai: Le Sun Piaget, Les Colonnes de Watches and Le Golden Mirage.
Were you inspired by the history and craft of this legendary jewellery house?
I was very impressed and inspired when I visited the Piaget workshops. I had a chance to see the production of solid gold engraving and the creation of solid gold parts made both mechanically and manually. I also had the opportunity to see a jeweller engrave recessed motifs inside a bracelet and I found it absolutely incredible how he was able to create such a beautiful relief on such a fine and delicate piece. I was particularly inspired by the gold chips from the turning process: where the raw gold material rotates and leaves behind a residue of gold flakes.
Your recent work has been about giving your viewers a meditative experience, do you hope that this piece will have a similar effect?
No, these creations have a completely opposite destiny to my previous work, Meditation Room. The Meditation Room is an immersive installation which proposes a sensorial space conducive to meditation with walls consisting of bronze paintings.
With the works for Piaget, it’s the opposite. Through the work I express the power and radiance of the materiality of gold in a transformed state. The idea is more to amaze than to encourage a meditative state. The aim is to bring out a sort of direct emotion in reaction to the power and emotion of the sun, its radiance and density.
Gold Manchette, 2019, Art of gold, Piaget