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Felieke van der Leest: Once upon a time in My West (part 2)

Exhibition  /  03 Nov 2012  -  05 Jan 2013
Published: 26.10.2012
Galerie Rob Koudijs
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Rob Koudijs
Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Texas Longesthorn, 2012. Textile, glass beads, plastic animal, gold, silver. 15 x 10 x 4 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Texas Longesthorn, 2012
Textile, glass beads, plastic animal, gold, silver
15 x 10 x 4 cm
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For Felieke van der Leest the 'Wild West' was once the world over the rainbow. The realm where villains were defeated and heroes triumphed, where Indians lived and broad plains beckoned, even the colours and animals looked different there.

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Felieke van der Leest
For Felieke van der Leest the 'Wild West' was once the world over the rainbow. The realm where villains were defeated and heroes triumphed, where Indians lived and broad plains beckoned, even the colours and animals looked different there. Her youthful longing has by now evolved into a clear view on our world and society; the long-ago dreams have become a rich repository of images and symbols.

A year and a half ago she drew on this source for the first time. In the work of 2012 a new parade of wild-west-phenomena is introduced: of course there are many animals, like skunks and bulls, and references to themes as safety, greed and commanding respect. Van der Leest prefers to leave the interpretation of her work to the viewer. The bracelet 'Prairie Pioneer' is a fine example: for what does this prairie dog stands for? He is adorned with the frightful claw and beak of an eagle; does that mean that he represents the ambitious beginnings of the nineteenth century USA, or just the opposite, the impotence of a country which used to be one of the most powerful on earth? The kaleidoscope of associations in Felieke van der Leest's jewellery makes it rise beyond the allure of endearing animals and appealing colours and earned it its well deserved international appreciation.

Ward Schrijver
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Felieke van der Leest. Necklace: The Spinster Sisters, 2012. Textile, plastic animals, glass beads, gold, cubic zirconia. 27 x 16 x 4 cm. Felieke van der Leest
Necklace: The Spinster Sisters, 2012
Textile, plastic animals, glass beads, gold, cubic zirconia
27 x 16 x 4 cm
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