Rie Taniguchi: Spotlight Exhibition

May 16, 2015 – August 31, 2015


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Rie Taniguchi
Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Rie Taniguchi
Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand


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Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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Rie Taniguchi
Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Rie Taniguchi
Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Rie Taniguchi
Donki Haute

Convertible sculpture/necklace. Silver, hematite, 9K gold pin. Additional necklace parts: stainless steel cable, 9K gold hook, 18K gold screw.


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Rie Taniguchi
Angel Swifts & Brollied Swifts

Earrings. Sterling silver with oxidation


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Rie Taniguchi
Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge

Sculpture with three wearable dog brooches. Silver, onyx, stainless steel spring, acrylic, emerald, stainless steel pins, copper, fabric, MDF, polyester


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Rie Taniguchi
Polar Bear Pulling Dog Sledge – Wearable Dog Brooches

Silver, acrylic, emerald eyes, stainless steel pins


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Paridae Landing

Earrings. Sterling silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Paridae Taking Off

Rings. Silver, enamel, enamel paint


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Ivory-Billed Woodpecker (pecking an antique mahogany chair leg

Sculpture. Silver, enamel, onyx, 9 & 18K gold, stainless steel, wood, MDF


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Owlets in Nest

Sculpture with wearable pendant or brooch. Silver, onyx, copper, stainless steel pin


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Little Red Riding Hood

Sculpture of young female wolf with removable hooded cape. Silver, citrine, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, brass hook


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Little Red Riding Hood

Sculpture of young female wolf with removable hooded cape. Silver, citrine, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, brass hook


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Rie Taniguchi
Punk Kingfisher

Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel spring, copper and wood stand


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Rie Taniguchi
Society Animals: Top Boy & Posh Girl

Top Boy: Alpha male wolf, wearable as occasional necklace with removable hat, openable coat. Silver, blue topaz, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, gold foil, copper, resin.
Posh Girl: Alpha female wolf, wearable as occasional necklace with removable crown and openable coat. Silver, peridot, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, gold foil.


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Rie Taniguchi
Society Animal 1: Top Boy

Alpha male wolf, wearable as occasional necklace with removable hat, openable coat. Silver, blue topaz, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, gold foil, copper, resin


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Society Animal 2: Posh Girl

Alpha female wolf, wearable as occasional necklace with removable crown and openable coat. Silver, peridot, stainless steel, silicone, fabric, gold foil.


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    Big Fish Owl

    Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base

    Bird: 3.1" h x 1.4" w x 1.5" d
    5.9" h x 3.5" w x 1.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "Henry Seebohm named this owl after the English naturalist Thomas Blakiston, who collected the original specimen in Hokkaido, Japan in 1883. This owl’s habitat is dense old growth forest near waterways or wooded coastlines of the Russian Far East and Hokkaido, Japan. Mainly preying on fish and the occasional small mammal, amphibian, crustacean or other bird, they hunt mainly on the ground along riverbanks. They are the largest owls in the world and revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that protects the village)."

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    Big Fish Owl

    Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base

    Bird: 3.1" h x 1.4" w x 1.5" d
    5.9" h x 3.5" w x 1.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "Henry Seebohm named this owl after the English naturalist Thomas Blakiston, who collected the original specimen in Hokkaido, Japan in 1883. This owl’s habitat is dense old growth forest near waterways or wooded coastlines of the Russian Far East and Hokkaido, Japan. Mainly preying on fish and the occasional small mammal, amphibian, crustacean or other bird, they hunt mainly on the ground along riverbanks. They are the largest owls in the world and revered by the Ainu people of Hokkaido as a Kamuy (divine being) called Kotan koru Kamuy (God that protects the village)."

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    Kakapo Island

    Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin

    Bird: 2.5" h x 3.5" w x 1.3" d
    .5" h x 6.7" w x 5.5" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "The Kakapo is the rarest, heaviest and also the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are possibly the longest living bird, with an average life span of 95 years, and have one of the loudest booming calls that can reach up to 5km. Sadly, Kakapo are now extinct on the main islands of their native New Zealand islands, but conservation efforts in the 1980s have led to ecological restoration to prepare self-sustaining ecosystems with suitable habitats for kakapo. These conservation efforts have resulted in surviving kakapo populations on three islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchor and Little Barrier Islands, which are represented by the green islands in this sculpture, Kakapo Island."

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    Kakapo Island

    Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin

    Bird: 2.5" h x 3.5" w x 1.3" d
    .5" h x 6.7" w x 5.5" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    "The Kakapo is the rarest, heaviest and also the only flightless and nocturnal parrot. They are possibly the longest living bird, with an average life span of 95 years, and have one of the loudest booming calls that can reach up to 5km. Sadly, Kakapo are now extinct on the main islands of their native New Zealand islands, but conservation efforts in the 1980s have led to ecological restoration to prepare self-sustaining ecosystems with suitable habitats for kakapo. These conservation efforts have resulted in surviving kakapo populations on three islands, Codfish (Whenua Hou), Anchor and Little Barrier Islands, which are represented by the green islands in this sculpture, Kakapo Island."

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    Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

    Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand

    Bird: 1.4" h x 1" w x 1" d
    Stand: 5.1" h x 3.5" w x 2.8" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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    Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

    Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint

    1.5" h x 1.7" w x .4" d

    Photo: Joël Degen
    Private Collection

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    Sparrow

    Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow

    Bird 1.2" h x 2" w x .8" d
    Pillow: 1.2" h x 2.7" w x 2.7" d

    Photo: Joël Degen

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Rie Taniguchi
Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Rie Taniguchi
Big Fish Owl

Silver, enamel, fine gold, onyx, stainless steel spring, wood base


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Rie Taniguchi
Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Rie Taniguchi
Kakapo Island

Sculpture (kakapo can stand on any of the three islands). Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, resin


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Rie Taniguchi
Kingfisher (perched on copper tree on wooden base)

Brooch on stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil, on copper and wood stand


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Rie Taniguchi
Rhino Head: My Horn Is No Medicine

Brooch. Silver, stainless steel pin, enamel paint


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Rie Taniguchi
Sparrow

Brooch with stand. Silver, enamel, onyx, stainless steel, gold foil on fabric pillow


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The work of metalsmith Rie Taniguchi embraces nature. Her charming figures incorporate sterling silver, gold, semiprecious stones and ingenious spring-loaded designs. These playful commentaries on the animal kingdom include wearable elements, like the huskies below, and reflect Taniguchi’s interest in wildlife, the environment and traditional folktales.

Statement

“I make objects to look at or to wear, mainly in the shapes of various life forms, focusing on endangered species. I draw my inspiration freely from everything I see, read and hear. My main interests and concerns, aside from the arts, are in environment and wildlife. News, documentaries, folk tales and myths all come into consideration. I try to express the essence of life with satire and playfulness, portraying animals within their environments or in a situation when possible. The aim is to make it life-like rather than realistic. I am discovering that true animal forms are more fantastic than the fantastical and more challenging to make. Images from my childhood still influence me through the experience of making numerous drawings as I plan each piece. I draw from photographs, films and real life, before drawing from memory and designing. I have developed softer, more organic shapes using a mixture of techniques such as press forming, raising, constructing and carving with silver. I consider this group of work as an installation under a theme but I leave that theme obscured, encouraging the viewer to contemplate and reflect.”

Selected Public Collections:

  • The Alice and Louis Koch Collection
  • Numerous private collections throughout the United States and internationally

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