Konstfack Degree Exhibition 2012Wed May 16 — Sun May 27
“Art is spirituality in drag” is a quote from the American artist Jennifer Yane. Although I see few parallels between her artistic work and Ädellab, the quote fits the degree projects of the nine graduating students perfectly.
Their chosen themes vary: Illusions, Identity, Raw Beauty or The Meaning of the Handmade – just to mention a few. These might seem typical subjects for contemporary jewellery or corpus investigations, but there is nothing stereotypical about the final work of the graduates at Ädellab. What they produce is anchored in an authentic discourse with the subjects and this includes theoretical underpinning of the theme. It also includes answering the question of what relevance their work can have in our culture, since the making of artistic work is not about thinking something up, it is in fact the opposite – it is about creating awareness of the given.
The given in this case is nothing less than the world in which we live, and it is up to each individual artist to define their subject of interest within the endless possibilities.
Within an educational framework, however, each graduating artist needs to adjust to the rather fake reality of an examination. The task is to fulfil learning outcomes, to follow deadlines and simultaneously be able to create a body of work from which they can launch their careers.
For an observer of the artistic work created the task is much more beautiful: it is to engage with the nine individual perceptions of the world. And even if the stories told do not reveal themselves immediately, you can always enjoy the drag!«
Karen Pontoppidan, Professor of Jewellery and Corpus Art
Brice Garrett – « [In]flux »
« We live in a current state of flux. Among the transitions come new unfamiliar spaces. It’s the position of being in-between the familiar and the foreign, amid the habitual and the uncertain. Familiarizing and acclimating in this state is a process stimulated by perception. Among this state of flux, can jewellery contribute to this process of making one feel at home? » Brice Garrett
Mia Larsson – « Moving Matter »
»There is no such thing as either man or nature now only a process that produces the one within the other and couples the machines together.”* (*Giles Deleuze and Felix Guattari)
“Things, non humans, nature having equal significance as us, humans. They should also be an active part of mediating meaning and connections. Therefore we need to mobilize nature from the background.”* (*Bruno Latour)
My work is a material study out from theories that share views on material and nature where materials are described as active, intelligent and interdisciplinary; part of the same continuum as us. This indicates a kind of material related ecology.
Jewellery could express believes, connects people and could be used as protection with talismanic powers.
I have chosen to work with nacre from the shell of the blue mussels and oysters. Relating it to jewellery is my way of investing and expressing the material. » Mia Larsson
Monika Strasser – Hair Brooch (Photo: Christian Gloor)
»On Beauty » : « People hunting for beauty often forget the beauty of life. Beauty often generates pressure in society.
The objects refer visually to the process of beautification and to its daily rituals. These objects make a statement about and make one aware of the beauty craze. They also refer to natural beauty and the changes caused by the passing of time. » Monika Strasser
Young Geum Cho – Performing Shell
Lina Pihl – Identity (Necklace) Bioresin, iron powder, acrystal, steel, cotton fabric.
Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
LM Ericssons väg 14,
126 37 Hägersten, Sweden