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The Everyday and the Far Away

Exhibition  /  24 Mar 2007  -  20 May 2007
Published: 20.04.2007
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau
Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2006. Enamelled photo, silver, quartz-drop. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2006
Enamelled photo, silver, quartz-drop
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(...) Bettina Speckner alienates these pictures, makes them to jewellery, and grasps the ephemeral (...)

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Bettina Speckner

Bettina Speckner combines in her jewellery pearls, gold, and diamonds, photographs, finds, timber, or shells. These seemingly trivial, strange pieces are accomplished into new poetic harmony with great creative force. Significant for her work are photographs: Some show locations and people from past times, yet mostly the artist works with her own photographs of trees and flowers, of lonely streets or landscapes.
Bettina Speckner alienates these pictures, makes them to jewellery, and grasps the ephemeral. Beside the combination of jewellery and photo, it is the incorporation of different photo-techniques like photo etching, enamel compositions and ferro-typing, which gives Bettina Speckner´s brooches, earrings and necklaces their special charm.
About 70 selected jewellery pieces are contrasted by photographs of travelling – expression of the everyday and the far away.
Bettina Speckner had graduated at the Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich; she studied with Prof. Hermann Jünger and Prof. Otto Künzli. The artist was awarded with important prizes and honours, amongst others she was awarded the Herbert-Hoffmann-Preis (1998), the Bayrischer Staatspreis (2001) and the Prize of the Danner-foundation Munich (2005). Her works are represented in national and international collections.


Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2005. Photo etching on zinc, silver, gold. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2005
Photo etching on zinc, silver, gold
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Bettina Speckner. Necklace: Untitled, 2004. Photo in enamel, silver, grey pearls, turmaline. Bettina Speckner
Necklace: Untitled, 2004
Photo in enamel, silver, grey pearls, turmaline
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2004. Ferrotype, silver, coral, snail, photo in enamel. 9,5 x 7,5 cm. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2004
Ferrotype, silver, coral, snail, photo in enamel
9,5 x 7,5 cm
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Bettina Speckner. Brooch: Untitled, 2004. Photo etching in zinc, silver, Kauri shell, ferrotype. 6,8x 5,8cm. Bettina Speckner
Brooch: Untitled, 2004
Photo etching in zinc, silver, Kauri shell, ferrotype
6,8x 5,8cm
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