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Melanie Bilenker

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Published: 02.03.2016
Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Comb, 2013. Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal. 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm. From series: Pinning. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Comb, 2013
Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal
3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm
From series: Pinning
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Comb, 2013. Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal. 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm. From series: Pinning. Back view. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Comb, 2013
Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal
3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm
From series: Pinning

Back view

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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Pinning, 2013. Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal. each piece 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm. From series: Pinning. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Pinning, 2013
Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal
each piece 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm
From series: Pinning
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Pinning, 2013. Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal. each piece 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm. From series: Pinning. Back view. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Pinning, 2013
Hair, paper, gold, mineral crystal
each piece 3 x 0.7 x 4.7 cm
From series: Pinning

Back view

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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Asleep, 2012. Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal. 5 x 1.2 x 5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Asleep, 2012
Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal
5 x 1.2 x 5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Spine, 2012. Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal. 5 x 1.2 x 5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Spine, 2012
Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal
5 x 1.2 x 5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Dresser Drawer, 2011. Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal. 5 x 1.3 x 5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Dresser Drawer, 2011
Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal
5 x 1.3 x 5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Retiring, 2012. Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal. 6.7 x 1.3 x 8.6 cm. From series: In Bed. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Retiring, 2012
Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal
6.7 x 1.3 x 8.6 cm
From series: In Bed
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Turning Off the Light, 2012. Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal. 6.7 x 1.3 x 8.6 cm. From series: In Bed. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Turning Off the Light, 2012
Hair, paper, gold, brass, walnut, mineral crystal
6.7 x 1.3 x 8.6 cm
From series: In Bed
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Sock, 2010. Hair, paper, gold, silver, ebony, mineral crystal. 7 x 1 x 7 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Sock, 2010
Hair, paper, gold, silver, ebony, mineral crystal
7 x 1 x 7 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Hairpin, 2006. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, silver, boxwood. 5.7 x 1 x 4.8 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Hairpin, 2006
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, silver, boxwood
5.7 x 1 x 4.8 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Chocolate, 2008. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony. 9.5 x 1 x 7 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Chocolate, 2008
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony
9.5 x 1 x 7 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Cookies, 2009. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony. 6.9 x 1 x 5.6 cm. Photo by: Ken Yanoviak. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Cookies, 2009
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony
6.9 x 1 x 5.6 cm
Photo by: Ken Yanoviak
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Hemming, 2009. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony. 4 x 1 x 9 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Hemming, 2009
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony
4 x 1 x 9 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Rings, 2008. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony. 4 x 1 x 4.5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Rings, 2008
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony
4 x 1 x 4.5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Bouquet, 2009. Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony. 2.6 x 1 x 5.1 cm. Photo by: Ken Yanoviak. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Bouquet, 2009
Hair, resin, pigment, gold, ebony
2.6 x 1 x 5.1 cm
Photo by: Ken Yanoviak
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Viewfinder, 2007. Hair, resin, gold, ivory. 2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each. Photo by: Kevin Sprague. From series: Viewfinders. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Viewfinder, 2007
Hair, resin, gold, ivory
2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each
Photo by: Kevin Sprague
From series: Viewfinders
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Viewfinder, 2007. Hair, resin, gold, ivory. 2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each. Photo by: Kevin Sprague. From series: Viewfinders. Inside view with Claw Food Tub image. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Viewfinder, 2007
Hair, resin, gold, ivory
2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each
Photo by: Kevin Sprague
From series: Viewfinders

Inside view with Claw Food Tub image

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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Viewfinder, 2007. Hair, resin, gold, ivory. 2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each. Photo by: Kevin Sprague. From series: Viewfinders. Detail view of Claw Foot Tub. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Viewfinder, 2007
Hair, resin, gold, ivory
2.4 x 4.4 x 2.4 cm each
Photo by: Kevin Sprague
From series: Viewfinders

Detail view of Claw Foot Tub

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Intro
Melanie Bilenker is an American artist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who translates the historic art of Victorian hair jewelry into work that reflects upon the contemporary era, depicting ordinary moments of everyday life through self portrait photographs “drawn” in the artist’s own hair and set in gold and silver.
 

Statement

The Victorians kept lockets of hair and miniature portraits painted with ground hair and pigment to secure the memory of a lost love. In much the same way, I secure my memories through photographic images rendered in lines of my own hair, the physical remnants. I do not reproduce events, but quiet minutes, the mundane, the domestic, the ordinary moments.
 

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2016:
Exhibition  15 Oct 2016 - 10 Dec 2016  Ra Now.
Exhibition  04 May 2016 - 08 May 2016  Sienna Patti at Collective Design Fair 2016.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Nov 2015 - 03 Jan 2016  From here and there.
2013:
Fair  06 Mar 2013 - 12 Mar 2013  Schmuck 2013.
2007:
Exhibition  13 Jul 2007 - 07 Aug 2007  Womangirl.

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Book:  From here and there. Jewellery Class University of Art and Design Halle.  Jewellery Class University of Art and Design Halle:  Halle,  2015
Book:  Melanie Bilenker: Ambiguous Intimacy. SG Press:  Lenox, MA,  2014
Book:  On Jewellery. A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery. den Besten, Liesbeth.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2011
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