Marc Monzó

Marc Monzó is a Catalan jeweller based in Barcelona, known for his refined, minimalist work (though he says "I don't try to do minimalist works. Things happen this way") in a range of materials including gold, plastic and steel. With clarity and dexterity, Monzó presents ideas in a kind of jewellery shorthand, using nothing more than is needed to convey the message.

Monzó's jewellery has a modern look: clear lines, no frills. His endeavour is to achieve the maximum with minimal means, but his work is not entrapped within a slavish following of dogmatic principles. Monzó loses none of his playfulness and engages in a relation with the world, whether he is toying with light and reflection or giving form to a personal memory. In all their austerity, Marc Monzó's pieces of jewellery have something metaphysical. Monzó: 'I sometimes regard my jewellery as the residue of an activity'. His work arises from a combined action with the materials that he uses, in which his own contribution (as the maker) is put on the same level as the input of the materials. Modest and not artistic in the traditional sense, Marc Monzó is a poet in metal who crafts poems you can wear.

Stedelijk Museum 's-Hertogenbosch, 2017