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Human and Object by Esther Heite

Exhibition  /  JplusAward   SelectedGraduate2019  /  19 Feb 2020  -  13 Mar 2020
Published: 24.01.2020
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Hannah Gallery presents an exhibition with Esther Heite, winner of the Klimt02 JPlus Emerging Talent Award 2019, works where the displacement of the familiar context is a repeating motif to generate a new aesthetic.

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Esther Heite
Esther Heite shows great talent in all three different contents of the study resp. the different areas of the design field. A strong sensitivity for material, form and colour accompanies her projects since the very beginning. Her examining character presents itself very successfully in the end; in her final thesis and in her jewellery pieces. The graduation work is both practically and theoretically very strong. For her final semester, she deals with the world of things, material culture and social aspects. Her design process is preceded by a question and basic analysis. She examines how we see things, what we see in them, how we read them, what they mean to us, what they ask and challenge us to do. At the same time, Esther Heite challenges her own work as a designer with the production of her graduation collection. It is a very differentiated work and the various approaches skillfully translated into material and wearable jewellery. Her choice of material is steel and as technique serves the spot welding. It is a consistent choice that presents her research in several and very felicitous ways.
Esther Heite's jewellery communicates about the world of things and has become part of it at the same time.

/ Prof. Jantje Fleischhut


My artwork demonstrates a confrontation with the world of material matters. Prior to my research, I assumed that the purely physical characteristics and functions of objects were more deeply bound to non-material attributes and symbolic energies. The alienation of the familiar connectivity (or context), of the function or form generates paradoxes which are intended to stimulate the carrier for reflection.
The explorative handling of the technology of welding activates in my workflow a new ornamental function. Combining the ornament and the function, all pieces of jewellery are characterized by some kind of fusion.

/ Esther Heite


About the groups of works on display:

Liquid Crystal
They are the access to another world, the main means of communication of our time, the interface between humanity and the machine. Detaching the displays from their technical connection resembles a dissecting act. The wafer-thin screens are dug out of the depth of the device with the utmost caution like a valuable raw material. The fragility resembles that of a precious gemstone. In terms of the form, I take up this association and work the LCD into gem-shaped objects in which they form the centre of the facet cut as a stone tablet. The representation of information becomes a dark, iridescent patch.

Misunderstood Genius
Through "Misunderstood genius" I attribute a central role to the incidental role of an ear-ring’s butterfly back in the process of wearing jewellery. The original shape is distorted as if the material could simply be pulled apart. The plug made of gold becomes a counterweight and loses importance despite its material value. The internal hierarchy of the piece jewellery shifts as a result. It combines the familiar with the unfamiliar.

Monolith
The technical objects of our everyday life contain an inner interrelationship in which causalities intertwine. Since electrical circuits have started to be used, this inner logic disappears behind screens, pads, buttons and panels. They are the interface to another world and reduce the mental and physical access to the monolithic-looking bodies to a shallow tactile movement. The smooth, black, cold, glass, metallic housings radiate a cool reserve. Things seem to come towards us out of nowhere. They become a fact that seems objective. This unfamiliarity with which the technological objects confront us is the starting point for the "Monolith" group.

Pixel Gleam
The arrangement of wires and welding spots creates an analogue image dot grid used to display an image and text. The setting of the welding spots can be compared with the on/off of small pixels. The setpoints create a pixel-based image in 3-dimensional material.

Sign.et
The flat surface with the seal creates the typical shape of the signet ring is, which forms the basis of the whole structure of the piece of jewellery. The combination of the ring and the image on the body makes its meaning visible: authority, privilege, belonging. These meanings disappear with the "sign.et" rings by highlighting their structure that has been made visible.







 
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