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Gemma Draper: The Bearing Providers

Exhibition  /  02 Mar 2013  -  13 Apr 2013
Published: 27.02.2013
Galerie Rob Koudijs
Management:
Rob Koudijs
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Draper employs in her work all kinds of products and processes, but for her new necklaces she fell back on basic materials and elementary techniques. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, for something unusual happened: for the first time faces have emerged in Draper’s work.

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Gemma Draper
Time and again Gemma Draper searches for possibilities to forge unequal elements into a self-evident unity. She joined silver with quartz, wood with pearls, horn with marble, and reflections with each other. Her work can often be worn as jewellery, but sometimes the size leaves no other option than to carry a piece in your hand as an autonomous object. In that case man and object all of a sudden become the two united opposites.

Draper employs in her work all kinds of products and processes, but for her new necklaces she fell back on basic materials and elementary techniques. But things aren’t as simple as they seem, for something unusual happened: for the first time faces have emerged in Draper’s work. So in due course there will come a moment when the future owners of such a jewellery pieces are confronted with ‘the other’. How are they supposed to deal with that?
Draper fitted the heads with ornaments; in a way these portraits are wearing a kind of jewellery themselves. They are the Bearing providers mentioned in the exhibition title. In using these combinations in the pendants the artist developed a representation of a essetial function of jewellery: to serve as a mediator between the wearer and the other.
The rather abstract shapes added to the heads also summon all sorts of associations. You might be reminded of a crown, the archetypical symbol of authority, or archaic refuges like the house, the church or a cloud. By employing such universally understood imagery Gemma Draper not only reconciles materials and shapes, but also people with one another.

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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP6, 2012. Basswoos, rec. stone, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP6, 2012
Basswoos, rec. stone, gold, silk
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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP4, 2012. Ebony, pvc, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP4, 2012
Ebony, pvc, gold, silk
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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP5, 2012. Basswood, polyurethane, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP5, 2012
Basswood, polyurethane, gold, silk
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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP3. Basswood, silver, gold, silk. Gemma, DraperPendants: TBP3Basswood, silver, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP3
Basswood, silver, gold, silk


Gemma, Draper
Pendants: TBP3
Basswood, silver, gold, silk

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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP2, 2012. Basswood, rec. stone, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP2, 2012
Basswood, rec. stone, gold, silk
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Gemma Draper. Pendant: TBP2, 2012. Basswood, rec. stone, gold, silk. Gemma Draper
Pendant: TBP2, 2012
Basswood, rec. stone, gold, silk
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