Becky Bliss looks to capture the intangible in her work. Her recent “Penumbra” series plays with shadows, and shadows of shadows, by using simple shapes and colour. Previous work has explored layers and traces of the past (pentimento), evoking what may have once been there. Becky’s work is influenced by the urban environment and her training as a graphic designer.
She has said that she regards contemporary jewellery as “small sculpture . . . touchable. It’s a beautiful thing and because contemporary jewellery can be absolutely anything, so long as it has some relationship to the body, it’s always so interesting. You can choose any material you want. It is a fun world.”
Becky graduated from Whitireia with a Bachelor of Applied Arts in 2010, and is currently based in Wellington. From 2011-13 she was a participant in Handshake 1, an international mentorship scheme for emerging jewellers, where she worked with Italian jeweller Fabrizio Tridenti. During this programme she developed a body of experimental work using traditional and found materials.
In 2015, Becky’s Shadow brooches (previously exhibited at The National in 2014) were selected for Schmuck, the prestigious international exhibition held in Munich every year.