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The Mind in the Hand

Exhibition  /  26 Apr 2008  -  28 May 2008
Published: 04.06.2008
Esther Knobel. Brooch: The Mind in the Hand, 2006-2007. Silver, iron thread. Esther Knobel
Brooch: The Mind in the Hand, 2006-2007
Silver, iron thread
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(...) Esther Knobel’s collection ‘The Mind in the Hand’ consists mainly of brooches and etchings. The depictions in these works are taken from difference sources and contexts, i.e. botanical, figurative or biographical. (...)
Esther Knobel’s collection ‘The Mind in the Hand’ consists mainly of brooches and etchings. The depictions in these works are taken from difference sources and contexts, i.e. botanical, figurative or biographical. The always recurring theme are hands that fulfil tasks. This refers to the interaction between spirit and hand: especially that what takes place by a jewellery maker. In this sometimes obsessive, creative process, thoughts lead to actions and action can trigger thinking. It is in this way that Esther Knobel goes through complex and intense processes in order to arrive at new solutions and discover new techniques. For the brooches, silver plate is embroidered with steel thread, then flattened and mounted – as if it were a fragment of an antique mural – in a frame. By rolling the embroidered silver plate on both sides in soft aluminium, the image and the chaotic rear side of this are imprinted in the aluminium. With these printing plates duel prints are made. Control and a lack of control are essential in this creative process. And in this interplay lies the power of the result. 


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