Emanuela Duca, a jewelry artist based in Manhattan, was born in Rome, Italy. While pursuing her degree from the School of Art in Rome and the European Institute of Design, Ms. Duca was involved in dance, painting, and sculpture. But it was in jewelry design that she finally found the medium she had been searching for: the marriage of movement and sculpture.
This desire to capture fluid movement in solid form, informed by organic elements of earth and water, is at the heart of all of Ms. Duca’s work. For her latest collection, called “Magma,” Ms. Duca revives archaic forms and re-interprets them with a modern sensibility. Sculpted in wax and manipulated through various techniques, the resulting designs are highly textured, their molten surfaces evocative of volcanic lava and the ruins of her native Rome. Yet their shapes and combination are clean, simple, and minimal. Just the kind of contradiction the artist aims to achieve in all of her work.