‘To the moon and back’


‘To the moon and back’ is a set of hand objects made in bronze and patina.

“I like to think that when you get to the furthest point of technology, when you get to outer space, what do you find to bring back? Rocks!” Isamu Noguchi

The objects were made by enclosing soft clay in Mária’s palm and between her fingers which resulted in an abstract shape. Subsequently she smoothed out the surface of these clay shapes and submitted them to the time-consuming process of silicone mold making and bronze casting. The short hand gesture that was originally performed got turned into a time-resisting material with a time-consuming technique. 

In the sixteenth century in art collections and in curiosity cabinets the collectors made a distinction between ’artificalia’, man-made objects and ’naturalia”, referring to objects of natural origin. Over the centuries this distinction has changed from time to time, has blurred or even become more pronounced. Mária’s works by their resemblance with nature-created objects evoke ideas on mimesis in art. In the photographs, she has placed the objects back into the hands that created them, which, through the specific human gestures, make the human presence visible in the creative process.

Photos: Simon Mills and Zsolt Asztalos

Artist Bio

Mária Roskó (Hungary)’s objects range from jewellery that can be worn everyday to pieces that are almost installation-like. The most important feature of her jewellery is not its decorative function, but the stories it conveys, often embedded in historical, philosophical or social topics. She am interested in the intersection of traditional culture and the modern world. In jewellery making, her theoretical and her artisanal nature meet, and these two approaches are parallel and complementary in the process of creation. Mária’s objects are mostly content-based and often connected to the body in a different way than usual, encouraging the wearer to transcend the rules set by jewellery and to find alternative ways of wearing or using it. 


Mária Roskó studied jewelry making in Japan in Atelier Komiya, in Germany at HAWK Hildesheim and in Hungary at Art School of Buda. She participated at various exhibitions in Japan, Hongkong and Europe. Her jewelry goes beyond the traditional approach of the genre and her hybrid objects often carry social and cultural references. The theoretical aspects of her objects and her poetic vision is supported by her background in human sciences. In 2019 she won the Athens Jewelry Week Award at the Art Jewelry Night of Budapest.


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