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Carine Terreblanche: Skeletons of Dreams

Exhibition  /  12 Nov 2013  -  18 Nov 2013
Published: 23.11.2013
Carine Terreblanche. Pendant: In My Dagdroom Kan Ek Dans. Wood, metal, string. Carine, TerreblanchePendant: In My Dagdroom Kan Ek DansWood, metal, string. Carine Terreblanche
Pendant: In My Dagdroom Kan Ek Dans
Wood, metal, string


Carine, Terreblanche
Pendant: In My Dagdroom Kan Ek Dans
Wood, metal, string

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Carine Terreblanche is a senior lecturer and the coordinator of the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Technique Division of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Her new solo exhibition, The Skeletons of Dreams, questions the tenuous, constructed gap between jewellery, sculpture, fine arts and craft.

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Carine Terreblanche
Carine Terreblanche is an internationally recognized contemporary jeweller. She is a senior lecturer and the coordinator of the Creative Jewellery Design and Metal Technique Division of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Stellenbosch. She has participated in a number of major international exhibitions during her career, including Schmuck, the oldest and biggest contemporary jewellery competition and exhibition in the world held annually in Munich, Germany. Her work has also been exhibited in the USA, Spain, Italy and Australia, and she has recently been invited to participate in the exhibition Elemento Radical that will take place in Europe early in 2014.

Her new solo exhibition, The Skeletons of Dreams, questions the tenuous, constructed gap between jewellery, sculpture, fine arts and craft. As the title suggests, it also views the abandoned/finished object as the signifier of a dream world necessarily left behind in the creative process. The objects on display are the result of a meditative, partially subconscious way of working. Each object originated in dreamy doodles that resulted in a kind of metaphorical alphabet made from wood and metal.

The acclaimed American poet Tony Hoagland describes the human act of metaphor making thus: “It is a mystery hand going into a black mystery box. The head says, ‘Fetch me a metaphor, hand,’ and the hand disappears under a cloth. A moment later, the hand reappears, metaphor on its extended palm. But, despite the spontaneity and ease of this event, we have only a vague idea of where the image came from. In fact, we don’t know. And neither does the hand.”

(Tony Hoagland, from “‘Tis Backed Like a Weasel’ The Slipperiness of Metaphor” in Real Sofistikashun: Essays on Poetry and Craft, Graywolf Press, 2006).


What “the hand” fetched from underneath the metaphorical cloth is on display here. Whether you see this as sculptural jewellery, metaphorical ornaments, lost letters of a disappeared language, dreams that can be worn like rings and pendants, tiny whimsical décor, visual acid jazz or colourful nonsense, is entirely up to you. Carine Terreblanche completed her BA (FA), BA (Hons) and MA (FA) at the University of Stellenbosch. She also studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam during the 1993/94 academic years. Terreblanche lectured at the University of Stellenbosch from 1994 - 2001. In 2001, she left the academy to work as an independent goldsmith in Cape Town. In 2007 she returned to the University of Stellenbosch as coordinator of the Jewellery Design Division of the Visual Arts Department.
Carine Terreblanche. Ring: All around, 2011. Wood. Carine Terreblanche
Ring: All around, 2011
Wood
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Carine Terreblanche. Pendant: Ghost of a Melody, 2010. Wood, metal, string. Carine Terreblanche
Pendant: Ghost of a Melody, 2010
Wood, metal, string
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