One of a kind ring from the series '100 ring portrait' by Maria Ignacia Walker made during her artistic residency in Hong Kong in 2018. In this series the artist immortalized and freezed faces of different people who have been intertwining and mixing in her photographic memory. She works with wax, a material that allows to intuitively recreate these portraits, then melt them and create a final piece in metal that will remain forever. The final result of the work is in the Shibuichi alloy, a fusion of copper and silver that has an infinite range of random and almost uncontrollable colors.
Maria Walker / Ring 68 - 100 ring portrait
Maria Ignacia Walker was trained as a jeweler and her interest for the human body is expressed through different artistic disciplines. She approaches art by working with metal, experimenting with material, using her craftemanship to make jewellery, body pieces, objects and installations.
She graduated in 2007 at the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile in Art Direction.
In 2015 she completed her studies in Florence obtaining a MFA in Jewellery and Body Ornaments at Alchimia Jewellery School, supported by a scholoarship from the Chilean Ministry of Culture (Fondart).
In 2018 she is invited to Khio, Oslo National Academy of Art, to take part to a special artist in residence program in the metal department.
In the last years Maria have been traveling to America, Asia and Europe giving lectures and workshops.
She is currently based in Florence where she teaches in Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence and she travels for exhibitions and fairs.