Handshake 4

Nik Hanton

About mentee Nik Hanton / About mentor Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro

Metamorphosis & Transformation

Metamorphosis & Transformation

Metamorphosis and Transformation are concepts that are frequently explored in art, and the chrysalis is a popular motif used to signify it. While this is a well-trodden road, there is something so appealing about the magic of the process and its visual drama. The...

BOX

BOX

I’ve been thinking about the nature of identity and its connection to the experience of our gender and sexuality. The female genitalia has been represented in art since the dawn of humankind. It’s been responded to in a myriad of ways by various cultures and ‘stages’...

MATERIAL READS: HONESTY & SUBVERSION

MATERIAL READS: HONESTY & SUBVERSION

In my first conversation with Vincent, he questioned me about my approach to materials. My answer was unintentionally somewhat disingenuous, largely because I had never truly articulated it properly. I said at the time that I used leather because of its aesthetic...

PLEASED TO MEET YOU

PLEASED TO MEET YOU

Following a series of online conversations, Vincent and I had our first “meeting” via Skype. I'd been delaying this interaction because of my intense (and entirely irrational) fear of video calls. It was a great example of why you should 'feel the fear and do it...

Handshake 3- Munich

Handshake 3- Munich

I was lucky enough to be part of the set-up and manning team of Handshake 3 at Handwerkmesse, Munich, and spent 10 days with inspirational artists, gallery owners, and collectors. Being at the 'Oscars' of Contemporary Jewellery and seeing the work of the international...

INTRODUCING…

INTRODUCING…

Prior to our ‘formal’ meeting via Skype, Vincent has sent me a series of videos that introduces himself and his current practice. This has been immensely helpful as it’s provided me with information in regard to the physical place in which he makes his work, the...