A Matter of Life and Death

Julia Maria Kunnap, 2017

Publisher: Julia Maria Kunnap / Nao Kirik

ISBN: 9789949980970

Dimensions: 30 x 11 cm

Pages: 40

“Everything here is about the relationship between a blink of an eye and eternity. The stones are squeezed, bent, melting or appear otherwise liquid. I try to see something in these traditional jewellery materials what others have yet not seen. I'd like to make works that I'm curious to see myself, if I'm able to fully imagine a work it's not worth making. Various questions come to my mind while working with the stones day by day. Some of them are light, some are personal, some concerns are more global. These questions have formed the titles to my works.”


Julia Maria Kunnap



Julia Maria Künnap graduated in 2004 from the Estonian Academy of Arts, Jewellery Art Department under Professor Kadri Mälk. A 2018 recipient of the renowned Herbert Hofmann Prize, Künnap is known for her mysteriously and meticulously carved lapidary work. Her work has been included in group and solo exhibitions around the world. Julia Maria Künnap currently lives and works in Tallinn, Estonia.