from 31 January 2020 to 28 February 2020
The series of one-showpiece exhibitions is an other way to present the extensive collection of the Kaliningrad Regional Amber Museum, which includes around 16 000 depositary items. This way of demonstrating an art piece allows specialists, its author and guests to look at it out of the context of a themed exhibition.
Tamara Emsen. Kaliningrad
Brooch "Love, or When you look in one direction", 2011
Amber, silver, gold
The work was exhibited at the Fourth International Biennial of Amber Artworks "Alatyr 2011".
The brooch's base is a piece of opaque amber of yellow and white colour. The face side of amber has an oxidized crust, the back side is polished. Amber is framed with a white metal ribbon. Pieces of metal wire are soldered to the metal ribbon, they are interlaced over the surface of the Amber front side. The wire is decorated with yellow metal granulation. To the upper side of the metal ribbon two figurines of torches are soldered to, they are looking in one direction. Foundations of the figurines are made from white metal, wings and eyes – from yellow metal. The lock part of the brooch is open in the shape of metal hook, under which a pin is set.
Tamara Emsen was born in Jambyl, the Republic of Kazakhstan. She graduated from the Saint Petersburg Academy of Art and Design named after baron Shtiglitz, faculty of design, specialising as graphic artist. During her study in the academy she started to design and produce jewellery. In her works, Tamara combines various materials: metal, enamel, pearls, corals, and amber. In 2011, she moved to Kaliningrad, where started working with amber. Currently, she lives in Turkey.