Alchimia 2018 January March MFA BMA.

Connected. Part 1

Exhibition  /  20 Jan 2017  -  05 Feb 2017
Published: 04.01.2017

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Connected started as a casual conversation between two and then three people, and as time went on it developed into a concrete concept with a growing number of participants. Now we are eight and we are all connected somehow.

Artist list

Jonathan Boyd, Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, Helen Clara Hemsley, Andrew Lamb, Lone Løvschal, Therese Mørch-Jørgensen, Chequita Nahar, Carla Nuis
Some of us went to RCA, some of us exhibited in a fire truck together in Munich. Two of us met on a plane a long time ago. Some of us have not met yet but we are all connected by the establishment of the group and the others in the group. The whole concept of Connected is to make work about the very notion of being connected. Not to mention, our passion for making.

We are all very different and work in diverse ways and are interested in a whole range of techniques and work with an even greater array of materials. There is an intimacy and a dedication in the works, where precision and commitment to creating take a leading role.

A whole new narrative appears as we tell stories as individuals within a group of makers. A true tribute to diversity.

Therese Mørch-Jørgensen’s (DK) work for Connected has resulted in a series of Attachments. The use of organic material in dabbled-with-state is a way of addressing the manipulations caused by our fundamental need to belong. In a time of movement and disassociation, the work pays attention to behavioural and attachment theory in an attempt to remind us what makes us fellows rather than strangers.

Lone Løvschal (DK) “When we meet somebody new, we might connect by touching each other; figuratively or literally. Sometimes we slide right off each other and sometimes we stick together like Velcro. I’m going for the Velcro as I’m excited about tactility; the way we explore the world around us using our sense of touch.”

Helen Clara Hemsley (DK) works conceptually with textiles and found objects. Titles and humour are fundamental to her artistic process. For Connected she explores the power of memory and association, and our individual and collective sense of belonging through the use of fabrics that have sentimental value to the participating artists.

Carla Nuis (NL) presents works of embroidery, where precision, rhythm and intensity of concentration fascinate her. On painter’s linen, she uses the 24 carat gold thread that traditionally decorates Japanese Kimonos. The golden embroidery refers to the force and symbolism of highly decorative costumes. FlowerBrooches are based on children drawings. The necklaces are based on mass-produced blockbusters jewellery chains Gourmet, Tapered Gourmet and Figaro.

Chequita Nahar (SR/NL)
“Diversity and value are common subjects within jewellery. But in some cultures the diversity and value lies not in their appearance but in the way they can or are being used in rituals. Or in the imbedded symbolism. In this series of work I researched how diversity and value can be intertwined.”

Andrew Lamb (UK) “As I write this I realise it is exactly twenty years since I started my own connection with the subject of jewellery. Two decades since I made my first piece as a first year student at Edinburgh College of Art. As I reflect on this period I am interested in exploring the connections I have made throughout this journey, my new pieces in relation to my older work, and the amazing places and people I have met along the way.”

Jonathan Boyd (UK) is an artist from Glasgow who uses jewellery as an art form to communicate concept and narrative. Connected allows Jonathan to focus on the connections to places and people that define us. He explores these connections though an autobiographical study and through the medium of film and jewellery.

Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir (IS/UK) works sculpturally with textile materials. For Connected she has made wearable pieces using the principles and methods she uses in her sculptural work. It is a method based on process and letting the material and the intervening process dictate the shape and outcome of the piece. This results in pieces, which contain equal amounts of control and chaos.

Connected is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.
Helen Clara Hemsley. Necklace: Doing a Mary Magdalene, 2017. Fabric part of an old tennis shoe, quilt batting, baby muslin cloth, cotton thread and 925 silver ball chain. Photo by: James Bates. Helen Clara Hemsley
Necklace: Doing a Mary Magdalene, 2017
Fabric part of an old tennis shoe, quilt batting, baby muslin cloth, cotton thread and 925 silver ball chain
Photo by: James Bates
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Carla Nuis. Brooch: 7 FlowerBrooches, 2014.  Unbleached Linen, flax, silk, 24ct gold thread. 25 x 20 x 4 cm. Photo by: Eddy Wenting Photography. Carla Nuis
Brooch: 7 FlowerBrooches, 2014
 Unbleached Linen, flax, silk, 24ct gold thread
25 x 20 x 4 cm
Photo by: Eddy Wenting Photography
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Andrew Lamb. Brooch: Optical Brooch, 2010. Oxidized silver. Photo by: Andrew Lamb. Andrew Lamb
Brooch: Optical Brooch, 2010
Oxidized silver
Photo by: Andrew Lamb
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Lone Løvschal. Piece: Velcro, 2016. Silver and glass. Photo by: Jonas Raaby. Lone Løvschal
Piece: Velcro, 2016
Silver and glass
Photo by: Jonas Raaby
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Jonathan Boyd. Necklace: Work in progress, 2016. Silver and acrylic. Photo by: Jonathan Boyd. Jonathan Boyd
Necklace: Work in progress, 2016
Silver and acrylic
Photo by: Jonathan Boyd
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