Italy / Austria
Ute Kolar's works have a visually light and airy quality as well as being physically weightless in spite of their volume. She enjoys playing with the contrast between volume and weightlessness as it creates surprise in the viewer when the piece is first held or worn. Her main inspiration comes from nature. This can be observed in the "tree" and "flower" rings, or "grass" brooches. Kolar uses a great array of skills to her advantage in her work. Her pieces are very labour intense and pay attention to detail, which makes them all the more intriguing to observe. She sometimes adds a touch of colour in the form of enamel on the surface of the works or incorporates coral, turquoise or stones to add a touch of colour. Her jewellery has a strong sculptural impact on the observer, deriving from a clever use of light and shade, created by the exploitation of surfaces with different inclinations.