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Angela Tölken

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Published: 24.06.2016
Angela Tölken. Neckpiece: Copycat • Imitator • Conformist • Pirate • Impostor, 2016. Toilet paper, wood glue, starch, joint compound, enamel paint, varnish, sterling silver (oxidized), leather cord. Photo by: Angela Tölken. Minutes invested in total: 5400. Angela Tölken
Neckpiece: Copycat • Imitator • Conformist • Pirate • Impostor, 2016
Toilet paper, wood glue, starch, joint compound, enamel paint, varnish, sterling silver (oxidized), leather cord
Photo by: Angela Tölken
Minutes invested in total: 5400
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Angela Tölken. Neckpiece: Some things just cannot be fixed, 2016. Paper-based polymer clay, enamel paint, spray paint, pearl silk, sterling silver. Photo by: Angela Tölken. Angela Tölken
Neckpiece: Some things just cannot be fixed, 2016
Paper-based polymer clay, enamel paint, spray paint, pearl silk, sterling silver
Photo by: Angela Tölken
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 1, 2015. Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), coral. 4.83 x 2.4 x 3.17 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 1, 2015
Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), coral
4.83 x 2.4 x 3.17 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 2, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, fine silver, enamel paint. 30 x 34 x 3.07 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 2, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, fine silver, enamel paint
30 x 34 x 3.07 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 3, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, sterling silver, spray paint. 4.74 x 2.42 x 3.17 m. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 3, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, sterling silver, spray paint
4.74 x 2.42 x 3.17 m
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 4, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, egg shells, enamel paint. 4.4 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 4, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, egg shells, enamel paint
4.4 x 2.7 x 2.6 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 5, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. 3.44 x 2.42 x 2.14 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 5, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
3.44 x 2.42 x 2.14 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 7, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, seed pearl. 4.7 x 2.6 x 2.9 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 7, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, seed pearl
4.7 x 2.6 x 2.9 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 8, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. 3.9 x 2.8 x 2.9 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 8, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
3.9 x 2.8 x 2.9 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 9, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, pink freshwater pearl, Onyx bead. 3.5 x 2.73 x 3.21 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 9, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, pink freshwater pearl, Onyx bead
3.5 x 2.73 x 3.21 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 10, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. 4.63 x 3.33 x 2.64 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 10, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
4.63 x 3.33 x 2.64 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 11, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, cement, pigment, Turquoise bead. 3.52 x 2.44 x 2.9 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 11, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, cement, pigment, Turquoise bead
3.52 x 2.44 x 2.9 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 12, 2015. Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint. 3.73 x 2.04 x 2.72 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 12, 2015
Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint
3.73 x 2.04 x 2.72 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 13, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. 4.3 x 2.3 x 3 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 13, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
4.3 x 2.3 x 3 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 14, 2015. Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint. 4.14 x 2.33 x 2.8 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 14, 2015
Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint
4.14 x 2.33 x 2.8 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 15, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. 4.4 x 1.9 x 2.6 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 15, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
4.4 x 1.9 x 2.6 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Us 16 - No 16, 2015. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, Turquoise beads. 4.41 x 2.7 x 2.41 cm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Ring: Us 16 - No 16, 2015
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint, Turquoise beads
4.41 x 2.7 x 2.41 cm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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AnGela - Artist Jeweller: Between the Lines. Art jewellery as self-portraiture
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2015
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Angela Tölken. Necklace: The odd one out, 2014. Non-tarnish silver, builders™ foam, enamel paint. 40.10 x 33.96 x 11.75 mm. Photo by: AnGela ®. Angela Tölken
Necklace: The odd one out, 2014
Non-tarnish silver, builders™ foam, enamel paint
40.10 x 33.96 x 11.75 mm
Photo by: AnGela ®
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: Thinking too much, 2014. Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint. Maximum Dimension: 41.21 x 31.95 x 7.97 mm. Photo: AnGela ®, 2014. Angela Tölken
Pendant: Thinking too much, 2014
Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint
Maximum Dimension: 41.21 x 31.95 x 7.97 mm
Photo: AnGela ®, 2014
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: I'd rather watch, 2014. Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint. Maximum Dimension: 46.22 x 16.5 x 28.99 mm. Photo: AnGela ®, 2014. Angela Tölken
Pendant: I'd rather watch, 2014
Non-tarnish silver, enamel paint
Maximum Dimension: 46.22 x 16.5 x 28.99 mm
Photo: AnGela ®, 2014
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: Blood and Ashes, 2013. Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, wax, seed pearls, Silk thread. 5,2 x 3,3 x 0,5 cm. Angela Tölken
Pendant: Blood and Ashes, 2013
Non-tarnish silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, wax, seed pearls, Silk thread
5,2 x 3,3 x 0,5 cm
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: Attraction, 2013. enamel paint, epoxy, nylon coated steel wire, Non-tarnish silver. 5,5 x 3,4 x 0,9 cm. Angela Tölken
Pendant: Attraction, 2013
enamel paint, epoxy, nylon coated steel wire, Non-tarnish silver
5,5 x 3,4 x 0,9 cm
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: Hide and seek, 2013. Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint, seed pearls. 56.35 x 46.50 x 6.36 mm. Photo: AnGela ®, 2013. Angela Tölken
Pendant: Hide and seek, 2013
Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint, seed pearls
56.35 x 46.50 x 6.36 mm
Photo: AnGela ®, 2013
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Absent presence, 2013. Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint. 34.74 x 34.48 x 28.06 mm. Photo: AnGela ®, 2013. Angela Tölken
Ring: Absent presence, 2013
Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint
34.74 x 34.48 x 28.06 mm
Photo: AnGela ®, 2013
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: From Within, 2013. Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint, epoxy, nylon coated steel wire. 5,3 x 3,8 x 0,75 cm. Angela Tölken
Pendant: From Within, 2013
Non-tarnish silver, (partially oxidized), enamel paint, epoxy, nylon coated steel wire
5,3 x 3,8 x 0,75 cm
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Giving Warmth, 2013. Non-tarnish silver, Carnelian beads, steel wire. 2,7 x 4,2 x 0,37 cm. Angela Tölken
Ring: Giving Warmth, 2013
Non-tarnish silver, Carnelian beads, steel wire
2,7 x 4,2 x 0,37 cm
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Angela Tölken. Ring: Dragon Tail, 2012. Non-tarnish & sterling silver (partially oxidized), epoxy, glass beads. 2,1 x 3,1 cm, 1,5 x 3,1 cm. Angela Tölken
Ring: Dragon Tail, 2012
Non-tarnish & sterling silver (partially oxidized), epoxy, glass beads
2,1 x 3,1 cm, 1,5 x 3,1 cm
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Angela Tölken. Earrings: Volcanic Heat, 2012. Sterling silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, epoxy, lacquer. ø 4,1 cm. Angela Tölken
Earrings: Volcanic Heat, 2012
Sterling silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, epoxy, lacquer
ø 4,1 cm
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Angela Tölken. Brooch: Momentary Unison, 2008. Sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold. ø 5,5 cm. Angela Tölken
Brooch: Momentary Unison, 2008
Sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold
ø 5,5 cm
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Angela Tölken. Pendant: Variation on a Process # 7, 2007. Sterling and fine silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, lacquer, nylon coated steel wire. ø 5 cm. Angela Tölken
Pendant: Variation on a Process # 7, 2007
Sterling and fine silver (partially oxidized), enamel paint, lacquer, nylon coated steel wire
ø 5 cm
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Angela Tölken. Brooch: Variation on a Process # 1, 2006. Sterling silver. ø 4,3 cm. Angela Tölken
Brooch: Variation on a Process # 1, 2006
Sterling silver
ø 4,3 cm
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Intro
Angela Tölken is an artist based in South Africa, with a MA in Visual Arts from the University of Stellenbosch. Tölken is represented in the permanent collection of the Sasol Art Museum and has a wide participation in national and international exhibitions. The work of the artist is marked by her fascination with textures, patterns and rhythms and also by the balance in tensions.

Statement

My work reveals my fascination with texture, pattern, rhythm, movement, contrasts, systems and nature. There tends to be a finely balanced tension between the organic and the geometrical, the confined and the open-ended, the serious and the light-hearted, the intellectual and the emotional. 

More often than not, my work can be read on different levels and there is generally more than meets the unquestioning eye. The tensions, the amalgamation of various apparent opposites and the onion-like layering are definite attributes of my personality. My work inevitably acts as a mirror of my Self and I increasingly understand my jewellery as self-representations in three dimensions. 

My personal style inevitably includes the use of strong, clear and simple lines, fine detail, colour, contrast and repetition. Labour-intensive, repetitive processes usually constitute the bulk of my visual vocabulary and the structure of my creative practice is meticulous, deliberate (if not choreographed), and sometimes incremental to the point of "coralline accretion". 

Being involved in the entire process of designing, conceptualizing, testing and then making a piece is a highly fulfilling, albeit at times distressing, experience. I design and produce all pieces myself and only create a piece once. All works are manufactured entirely by hand, usually over a period of several days or even weeks. My pieces, if not the work processes themselves, reveal a kind of obsessiveness as well as a firm belief in immaculate craftsmanship. 

My philosophy around and my approach to my work, but also the pieces themselves tend to resist notions of instant gratification, consumerism, brand movements, mass production and status. The notion of time invested and the often imperceptible value inscribed by it is of special significance in my work.

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2013:
Open call  28 Sep 2013 - 12 Oct 2013  Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial.

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Magazine:  Contemporary jewellery as art. Schauffer, A..  2015
Flamingo - Air Namibia In-Flight Magazine, March, Page 24 - 28
Magazine:  Celestial adornment. Metalsmith Magazine:  2015
June, Vol 35, no 3, Page 20 - 23
Newspaper:  “Ich lasse sie werden, was sie werden möchten”. Meier, A..  2014
Angela Tölken schafft ganz besondere Schmuckstücke und erzählt damit auch etwas von sich selbst. Allgemeine Zeitung – Wochenende (German Namibian Daily Newspaper), 18 July: page 1
Magazine:  The collectors guide to art and artists in South Africa. Collard, C..  2014
3rd edition. Cape Town: The South African Institute of Artists and Designers
Catalogue:  2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition. Binghong, Z..  2013
Beijing: China Textile Press
Book:  The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery Makers. Darling Publications:  Cologne,  2009
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