To understand deeply the work of Bliss Lau, you should read the bold and poetic literature of Anaïs Nin, study the mathematical precise art of M.C. Escher and remain seated beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, looking upwards, trying to perceive its elegant architecture and enigmatic majesty.
The art of Bliss Lau lives of sharp contrasts, that make sense in their coexistence; if you have the opportunity to visit the creative space where her art comes to life and to learn about the artist behind the endeavor, you can understand why.
Sweet and strong. Firm and soft. Imperturbable and sensual.
The Escher’s work revises the laws of physics to create artworks that challenge our perception of space and volume.
By using different planes of reality, he creates meticulous geometric symmetries and architectural specularities made of perfectly coexisting lines. Just as the structure of the Brooklyn Bridge. And as the jewels of Bliss Lau, designed and manufactured with very strong references precisely to that structure.
Some jewels from the latest collections, can also be disassembled and reassembled, experiencing new forms of being in space. The suspended structure of the Brooklyn Bridge has enchanted and inspired Bliss Lau since her years of study, during which she used to live just opposite one of the greatest engineering works in the world, and which today can still be admired from the roof of the building that hosts her studio, a space characterized by a flawless chromatic regularity, where old and new coexist, as well as craftsmanship and commercialism, art and business.
At 125 Maiden Lane, name that Bliss Lau likes to spell: “I love how it sounds”, the water is purified by a special Japanese wood and hanging on the walls there are sketches of her works, ballet slippers – to remember her prestigious collaboration with the New York City Ballet – and objects with a geometric appeal, all strictly black and white, just like the works of Escher.
And it is among her jewels that I choose to photograph her, in a private and intimate atmosphere, where I can feel even more strongly how the duality is the intrinsic strength of this artist. And how, surrounded by strands of metal chains, she can feel sensual and free.