On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, The Dalí Museum’s Zodiac Membership Committee will exhibit Doug D’souza Jewelry Design as one of the 12 featured artists in it’s “The Dalí Dozen” event, taking place at the Museum from 6-9pm.
This annual event invites members of The Dalí Museum to meet with and view work by local artists and artisans. Each of the 12 Zodiac committee members has selected an artist to showcase.
The Museum Store will also be open and offering members a special 25% discount on Store merchandise. Tickets for the event are $15 and available to Dalí Museum members & their guests on TheDali.org.
The Zodiac Membership Committee is an all-volunteer group that supports the mission of The Dalí Museum by building meaningful relationships with members, fostering new interest in the membership program, and helping to strengthen ties between the Museum, its members and the arts community. The original Zodiac Group was created in France in 1932 and consisted of 12 patrons who each sponsored Salvador Dalí for one month of the year. In exchange, patrons received a work of Dalí’s produced during that same month. In the spirit of these forward-thinking patrons, The Dalí’s Zodiac Membership Committee was formed in 1996.
Doug D’souza is honored to have been selected to participate in this prestigious event. During this year’s event, he will be displaying new work in enameled copper, and presenting aluminum as an alternative silver metal in his jewelry. Pure aluminum is food safe, hypo-allergenic and does not tarnish like many other white metals. Two of the best-known properties of aluminum are: it is light and strong. This allows for thicker pieces of metal to be used in his designs, without compromising comfort. Doug’s intention is to focus on the design and concept of his work, not on the value of the metal; while also offering a material that has unique properties that the wearer can enjoy.
Since aluminum cannot be soldered or assembled using conventional jewelry techniques, it pushes him to come up with new and creative ways to work with it. He applies textures using various methods including etching, and uses hollow forming techniques to give his pieces depth and dimension. To add color, he uses semi-precious stones, beads, enamel and transparent resin paints which allow the glow and texture of the metal to shine through.
Recently, Doug was selected to participate as a sculptor in The Exquisite Corpse Games that will be unveiled on November 2nd, 2017.