Adela Schicker

All is vanity, and what could be vainer than jewelry.

The series of rings called “All is vanity, and what could be vainer than jewelry”is inspired by one of the most cantered topics of baroque’s worldview, so called “Vanitas”. Vanitas is described as beauty and aesthetic pleasure penetrated by awareness about incessant disintegration and death.

“I deal with the fragility and process of disintegration of jewelry in my work. I created a series of rings, which will once fall apart, if they are worn. The rings are composed of metal parts, raw semiprecious stones and a few fragile materials, which are held together only by soap. Fragility and ephemerality in general confront us with the question of senescence and death. That is the reason why I use materials closely connected with human life and body (as soap, dust and humus). Dust and humus symbolize physical decay and the soap refers a futile struggle with it.”

The series of ring "All is Vanity" to refer to the fragility and finiteness of the human body but also to the issue of sustainability in the jewelry field.

The contrast of density and value of used materials is important. Rings through atypical interconnection of materials, usually used for a traditional jewelry making (metals and minerals), with fragile and ephemeral materials, are glorifying freedom of expression in contemporary approach to jewelry.

Adéla Schicker (*1984) studied painting and fine jewelry in Prague at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. Her artistry has also been influenced by her studies under conceptual jewelry designer Vratislav Novák in Pilsen and at Sheffield Hallam University in United Kingdom. Her jewelry is sought-after for its offbeat approach and intimate message.