Jane Adam

I am interested in certain qualities: a balance between symmetry and irregularity, a focus on surface colour and texture, the containment of secrets within a form, and a consideration of what preciousness is. I push my materials to their limits to explore their inherent qualities, such how a metal tears or gains texture under stress, or the way a scratched line changes its physical character when it is  stretched or compressed.


I work in precious metals (fine silver, high carat gold, and laminates of gold and silver), by scratching, discolouring, stretching, distorting and texturing them to alter their form or to create surface effects.  These techniques are derived from my work in aluminium, but I delight in the different qualities of these materials: their physical weight and substance, their subtle colours and inherent beauty, their generosity in creating form, their timelessness and their emotional power.