A basic theme in my work is placing ordinary objects of use in the perspective of jewellery.
Objects of daily use often become intimately important and indispensable to people. What one keeps and owns, often contains an emotional value next to its practical function or worth. Moreover, it can be seen as a representation of its owner. In my work, I explore how these kinds of objects can relate to the body and examine their coherence through the literal connection. Wearing jewellery on the body is the most intimate and direct form of showing this specific relationship to an object.


Various traditions linked to objects, the history of those objects and stories about them are a great source of inspiration for me. I like to reinterpret classical genres of art- and jewellery history, always relating those topics to my own contemporary context.


My pieces are based on craft techniques and various materials, which are telling their own stories about preciousness and adornment, like ceramic tableware, (precious) metal, Japanese Urushi lacquer and glassware. These usually come from interlocking themes of household, kitchen, table and food culture. Sometimes, I give objects a new life by transforming them. In a way, I am reusing and recycling material. By doing so, I am isolating the various layers of meanings and associations that inhere shape, pattern and material of an object, in order to reflect these values in my jewellery.

 

Gésine Hackenberg