TASSO MATTAR – DANNI SCHWAAG

TASSO MATTAR
DANNI SCHWAAG

iNACARME! An obsession by mother of pearl”
T here is a material which they are both working with and fascinated by:
MOTHER OF PEARL or like the Spanish say: NÁCAR! In the exhibition ¡NÁCARME! in Florence Danni and Tasso will present a variation of their work made by different generations in different periods, with their own view on the material mother of pearl. “A material which has an impressive beauty – it seems not to be possible to make something “ugly” out of it. “Tasso started working with organic material in the 80´s, first with bones and later on with mother of pearl. He ordered a shell with the sonorous name: "Meleagrina Margaritifera“. When the giant shell arrived and lay in all its glory in front of him, Tasso was unable to use any tools to work on it. That was the beginning of his “big shell” project. After a few weeks of daily “communication” with the beautiful piece Tasso made six strokes with a felt pen and divided the shell into six pieces, from those he developed four brooches and two rings. Immediately Tasso bought four new shells which were grinning on him like devils so finally the devil masks have been created. Danni´s so to speak obsession for mother of pearl started during her studies in Idar-Oberstein, when she was looking for a pearl necklace – not a classical one. She wanted to do one on her own. Visiting all