When Yaksh introduced me to the Collection that was going to be exhibited at Galeria Reverso, I had the impression that it was something extraordinary and I was not wrong.
I have known him for many years and we have often had occasion to talk about his art and his artistic sensitivity. I have always appreciated his calmness, his polite but decisive, unstoppable character.
I had the privilege of being one of the first to know his latest collection, Unspoken-1.
He presented it to me as it suits the artists, as someone who opens his heart and his life to a person of trust. I welcomed his action with great respect and gratitude, approaching on tiptoe the discovery of his creations.
While Yaksh was telling me about his collection, the genesis of the various pieces and his artistic research, I understood that it was not just a collection of jewels but a story that has its roots in ancestral times to find new life and vigour to face our present.
All pieces of the Unspoken-1 Collection are rings. I have always had a weakness for this type of jewelry because, in my opinion, it is among the most intimate of all. The ring is an object in our hands, adhering to the skin, veins and in direct contact with our heart.
The pieces that Yaksh creates are recipients of our deepest thoughts; impulses, moods but also intimate sensations and personal reflections. The unspoken, in fact.
What is intriguing is that the various pieces are not made of precious metal but of a touchstone. In this circumstance the material that usually has a practical function becomes the real protagonist.
Gold on the other hand, serves only as a trace, a spokesman for our unspoken that decorates the touchstone.
The roles are then reversed and the action of rubbing gold on the touchstone takes on a reflective, poetic and philosophical meaning.
Visitors themselves are invited to interact with the stone in the action of rubbing gold on it and becoming in fact artisans and accomplices in the realization of the final appearance of the stone.
There is a performative practice in all this, where the art object is not only the finished jewel but the whole process that allowed its realization.
Each ring has orthogonal and geometric shapes; it is as if it were a small architecture that preserves our “unspoken”, carrying the burden for us and, somehow, lightening us.
The work of Yaksh Verma is therefore presented as an anthem to look beyond the matter to go deep in our soul to pull out everything and get rid of our thoughts not expressed to impress them forever in the matter. The worn ring becomes a unique architecture, silent guardian of our thought.