Exhibition / 15 Apr 2006 - 08 Jun 2006
Galerie Louise Smit
- Louise Smit & Rob Koudijs
(...) Truike combines the language of the birds with that of the jewel. This is beautifully visible in the ‘chest out’ pieces as I call them, which have a more optimistic appearance than the ‘hanging’ pieces. (...)
Artist listTruike Verdegaal
Birds touch me, says Trui. Because they are brave and strong, and at the same time so delicate and fragile. A seemingly simple subject, the bird, but one that hides a layered and rich world. To disclose this world, Truike felt it was necessary not to be too literal. Therefore, she has not used any feathers to tell her story, but instead used lace, matted wool, silk, and laminate. With these materials, she has developed imagery that is very suggestive and picturesque.
The basis of Bird collection is formed by five silk-made brooches, equal in form, onto which several laminate-sawn ornaments have been attached. These ornaments have a different front and back, thereby referring to the rhythm of the seasons and the transformation from summer to winter dress. These pieces are to be worn upside down. The hand-modelled paws form the fastening system and force the jewel to take its place.
Seemingly effortless, Truike combines the language of the birds with that of the jewel. This is beautifully visible in the chest out pieces as I call them, which have a more optimistic appearance than the hanging pieces. These brooches seem to be almost falling apart, but appearances are deceptive. The separate parts are held together by an ingenious hinge system, enabling them to move. They even seem to breathe. All of the pieces from Bird collection are uncompromised in their displayed vulnerability. This commands a great level of caution from the person who will be wearing the work later.
Perhaps in essence this new work is about the search for freedom. To bring all the oppositions and different layers that are hidden in this theme together in a jewel, one has to let go of control and move along on the wings of intuition.
A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
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