Finish jewelry artist Sari Liimatta graduated in 2003 with a BA in stonework and jewelry design from Carelia Polytechnic, Lappeenranta, Finland with a one year scholarship at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Jewellery Department in Amsterdam.
She uses plastic toy animals (horses, bulls, donkeys, teddy bears, bunnies, even puppy dogs) as work base although her art is not at all cute; better put it is a fascinating, bizarre even morbid representation of the nature. Animal nature, human nature and a reflection of consumerism they all blend in Liimatta’s conceptual aesthetic. The plastic animals are cut into, covered in precious stones, amber or glass beads and pierced with metal pins being meticulously morphed into haunting contemporary jewelry sculptures.
Sari Liimatta, Overbreeding jewelry sculpture, 2010