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Felieke van der Leest: Once upon a time in My West (part 1)

Exhibition  /  16 Apr 2011  -  21 May 2011
Published: 13.04.2011
Galerie Rob Koudijs
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Rob Koudijs
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Intro
In the series Once upon a time in My West Felieke van der Leestplays lightly with ethnic motifs and techniques, using stereotypes that stem chiefly from Hollywood. Will there be a happy ending?

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Felieke van der Leest
The world of the adult facing that of the child. They draw together in the recent work by Felieke van der Leest; the well-known artist went in search of her childhood fantasies. Her dreams about the mythical Wild West, in which the enchantment of coloured beads could mingle effortlessly with the lure of wild horses. The fact that life in the prairies of the nineteenth-century was nasty and brutish, and nature there was godforsaken, is a contrast that Van der Leest in no way chooses to avoid. In spite of its humour and cheerful colours her jewellery often comments on bitter aspects of the real world.

In the series Once upon a time in My West the artist plays lightly with ethnic motifs and techniques, using stereotypes that stem chiefly from Hollywood. It is surely not pure coincidence that Van der Leest’s designs now uses filmic devices, such as having pictures ‘bleeding off’, producing stark contrasts in the lighting, or shadow effects. Fortunately, there is a Happy Ending: as variation on the classic closing scene from the Lucky Luck cartoons, a horse trots off peacefully towards the setting sun …
Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Billy the Kids, 2011. Gold, silver, zircon, glass, textile. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Billy the Kids, 2011
Gold, silver, zircon, glass, textile
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Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Peace Parrot, 2011. Silver gilt, glass, plastic, textile. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Peace Parrot, 2011
Silver gilt, glass, plastic, textile
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Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: The Gonzalez Brothers, 2011. Textile, plastic animals, gold, silver, cubic zirconia.. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: The Gonzalez Brothers, 2011
Textile, plastic animals, gold, silver, cubic zirconia.
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Felieke van der Leest. Ring: Squaw Kitten, 2011. Silver, glass, textile. Felieke van der Leest
Ring: Squaw Kitten, 2011
Silver, glass, textile
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