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Machteld van Joolingen: It's only temporary

Exhibition  /  19 Jun 2011  -  23 Jul 2011
Published: 17.06.2011
Galerie Louise Smit
Management:
Louise Smit
Ralph, BakkerNecklace: Cubes Remake/Remodel, 2011Gold, silver, enamelø 18 cm.

Ralph, Bakker
Necklace: Cubes Remake/Remodel, 2011
Gold, silver, enamel
ø 18 cm

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Intro
(...) What remains and what disappears? The image, form, material and meaning - everything is subject to a change. Most of it vanishes in the end. My discovery of plastic bags as a material is rather recent. (...)

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Machteld van Joolingen
‘It’s only temporary’

What we experience as time is nothing more than the conception that most events are not reversible. G. Krol

What remains and what disappears? The image, form, material and meaning - everything is subject to a change. Most of it vanishes in the end.

My discovery of plastic bags as a material is rather recent.

The colour, the shine and the many kinds of plastic contained in the plastic bags have seduced me to do several series of melting experiments. I started with cutting the plastic bags into small pieces, melting them in the oven and then taking them out to press them into a mould.
At a later stage I have relised that for the ultimate result, it is much better to work without a mould, and concentrate on the pure material – the melted plastic.
Currently, I sometimes stitch the pieces together before puting them in the oven. I try to influence the outcome during the melting process. For this I take the piece out of the oven, rearrange the plastic and put it back again. This may happen several times during the baking process. I also try to influence the colour palette of the plastic although this may not lead to the indented result. The key moment is when to take the piece out of the oven; a difference of few seconds could result in totally different outcome. The experience of unpredictability and chance excites me.

I also value the fact that many friends collected the plastic bags for me and jointly we are aiding a recycling process. Ugly bags may lead to beautifull results and vice versa.

From the melted material I select those pieces that have expressiveness and shape the story into my jewellery pieces. These pieces might carry reference to traditional jewelery, for it is tradition that delicately balances between temporary and eternal.

Remarks

You are cordially invited to join us for the opening of the next exhibition by  on Sunday 19th of June 2011 from 2 to 4 pm.
Machteld van Joolingen. Brooch: bow-tie, 2011. Silver, plastic, paint. 12,5 x 4,5 x 1,8 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Brooch: bow-tie, 2011
Silver, plastic, paint
12,5 x 4,5 x 1,8 cm
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Machteld van Joolingen. Brooch: yellow bird, 2011. Silver, plastic. 7 x 5 x 0,5 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Brooch: yellow bird, 2011
Silver, plastic
7 x 5 x 0,5 cm
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Machteld van Joolingen. Brooch: big fish, 2011. Silver, plastic. 8,5 x 6,5 x 1 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Brooch: big fish, 2011
Silver, plastic
8,5 x 6,5 x 1 cm
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Machteld van Joolingen. Ring: Untitled, 2011. Silver, plastic. 5,3 x 3,8 x 4,5 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Ring: Untitled, 2011
Silver, plastic
5,3 x 3,8 x 4,5 cm
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Machteld van Joolingen. Brooch: busy, 2011. Silver, plastic. 10,5 x 6,5 x 2,7 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Brooch: busy, 2011
Silver, plastic
10,5 x 6,5 x 2,7 cm
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Machteld van Joolingen. Brooch: pink ribbon, 2011. Silver, plastic. 12 x 4,5 x 1,8 cm. Machteld van Joolingen
Brooch: pink ribbon, 2011
Silver, plastic
12 x 4,5 x 1,8 cm
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