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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. MA Degree Show 2020

Exhibition  /  EmergingValues  /  17 Sep 2020  -  20 Sep 2020
Published: 22.09.2020
Julia Garcia Rubio. Object: Ephémère, 2020. Silver.. Photo by: Lineta Liduma. From series: Ephémère. Statement: Through their shapes, textures, movements, hands reveal different aspects of our lives. Their charismatic dance brings meaning and an additional richness to our communication. I like to think that our hands are an ephemeral and temporal beauty. They mirror our lives and thus reveal part of the truth. A truth that is not always bright and that we are not very proud of. Certain significant moments in our lives leave a trace on our hands, sometimes visible, sometimes subtle. Often injured, we tend to hide them. And yet, it is a part of our body that is difficult to cover, because it is regularly used.. Julia Garcia Rubio
Object: Ephémère, 2020
Silver.
Photo by: Lineta Liduma
From series: Ephémère
Statement: Through their shapes, textures, movements, hands reveal different aspects of our lives. Their charismatic dance brings meaning and an additional richness to our communication. I like to think that our hands are an ephemeral and temporal beauty. They mirror our lives and thus reveal part of the truth. A truth that is not always bright and that we are not very proud of. Certain significant moments in our lives leave a trace on our hands, sometimes visible, sometimes subtle. Often injured, we tend to hide them. And yet, it is a part of our body that is difficult to cover, because it is regularly used.
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Intro
New Masters in Fine Arts and the entire team of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp represent the graduation exhibition 'Masters Expo 2020'. 80 new artists and designers from nine graduation disciplines present their work and projects on the Academy Campus. Six graduates from the jewellery design department show their various work to us.

Artist list

Mara Balode, Shenglin Cheng, Jade Houben Dalhia, Julia Mercier, Julia Garcia Rubio, Fien Verbeke
Teacher: Tine De Ruysser.

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Mara Balode. Necklace: River 1, 2020. Aluminium, silk, UV resin, mixed media.. 52 x 20 x 1.5 cm. From series: Sun & Set. Statement: Since studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Mara has engaged with two central subjects: light and memory. Her primary research contains exploration and the development of new materials. Through creating and refining three dimensional forms, she honed and recognised ways to portray her fascination; the subject of light. As an innately broad topic, she focuses on three aspects – reflection, colour, and time. In her work, she aims to ‘preserve’ light, with reflection and colour playing the role of the visual aspects and time as the performative.. Mara Balode
Necklace: River 1, 2020
Aluminium, silk, UV resin, mixed media.
52 x 20 x 1.5 cm
From series: Sun & Set
Statement: Since studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Mara has engaged with two central subjects: light and memory. Her primary research contains exploration and the development of new materials. Through creating and refining three dimensional forms, she honed and recognised ways to portray her fascination; the subject of light. As an innately broad topic, she focuses on three aspects – reflection, colour, and time. In her work, she aims to ‘preserve’ light, with reflection and colour playing the role of the visual aspects and time as the performative.
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Shenglin Cheng. Ring: Leaving Blank, 2020. 800 silver.. 2019. Statement: “Liu Bai” (leave blank) - a technique wildly used in Chinese traditional painting, which means to leave some places blank, to emphasis the main figures and provide possibility for viewers to feel the atmosphere and environment in the painting. It comes from the philosophy of Chan (Zen) Buddhism: "form is emptiness, emptiness is form".. Shenglin Cheng
Ring: Leaving Blank, 2020
800 silver.
2019
Statement: “Liu Bai” (leave blank) - a technique wildly used in Chinese traditional painting, which means to leave some places blank, to emphasis the main figures and provide possibility for viewers to feel the atmosphere and environment in the painting. It comes from the philosophy of Chan (Zen) Buddhism: "form is emptiness, emptiness is form".
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Jade Houben Dahlia. Shoulder Piece: Vibroyant - Dahlia, 2020. Polyester, Vlisofix, synthetic dye.. 30 x 30 x 7 cm. From series: Vibroyant. Model: Sophia De Groot. 
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. Statement: The pieces that were created for my master collection have been selected to show the wide variety of possibilities of its assembly technique when it is executed in different ways. Changing the way of designing and/or connecting the surfaces, makes it possible to create completely different shapes, volumes, and movements. Each approach has the potential to translate into a more subtle or expressive design.. Jade Houben Dahlia
Shoulder Piece: Vibroyant - Dahlia, 2020
Polyester, Vlisofix, synthetic dye.
30 x 30 x 7 cm
From series: Vibroyant
Model: Sophia De Groot.
 
Statement: The pieces that were created for my master collection have been selected to show the wide variety of possibilities of its assembly technique when it is executed in different ways. Changing the way of designing and/or connecting the surfaces, makes it possible to create completely different shapes, volumes, and movements. Each approach has the potential to translate into a more subtle or expressive design.

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Julia Mercier. Ring: Apparition No 1, 2020. Silver, gold plated silver, mica.. From series: Apparition. Statement: My work was first influenced by the hypothesis of researcher Helen Hansma, claiming that the first form of life appeared in between layers of mica. This mystery triggered both my curiosity for science and enthusiasm for fictional narratives. I got inspired by the process of something appearing, both in the meaning of starting to exist as well as being visible to the eye. In my work I intend to transmit this sense of fascination for what surrounds us, the desire to observe, and question our own eyes.. Julia Mercier
Ring: Apparition No 1, 2020
Silver, gold plated silver, mica.
From series: Apparition
Statement: My work was first influenced by the hypothesis of researcher Helen Hansma, claiming that the first form of life appeared in between layers of mica. This mystery triggered both my curiosity for science and enthusiasm for fictional narratives. I got inspired by the process of something appearing, both in the meaning of starting to exist as well as being visible to the eye. In my work I intend to transmit this sense of fascination for what surrounds us, the desire to observe, and question our own eyes.
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Fien Verbeke. Object: Every Medal has Two Sides, 2020. Wood, 24k gold.. Photo by: Fien Verbeke. From series: All That Glitters is Not Gold. Statement: In my work I want to bring knowledge, consciousness and start a discussion about the social and environmental impact of gold in relation to jewellery. I want to be a storyteller bringing awareness by incorporating my own experience, life lessons, norms and values in my pieces, but mostly to encourage the viewer to learn and form their own opinion. To do this, I am inspired by the Lega people who make a string of proverbs: Objects referring to one or several proverbs, strung on a line of cord in a village square, triggering the telling of stories and the exchange of ideas.. Fien Verbeke
Object: Every Medal has Two Sides, 2020
Wood, 24k gold.
Photo by: Fien Verbeke
From series: All That Glitters is Not Gold
Statement: In my work I want to bring knowledge, consciousness and start a discussion about the social and environmental impact of gold in relation to jewellery. I want to be a storyteller bringing awareness by incorporating my own experience, life lessons, norms and values in my pieces, but mostly to encourage the viewer to learn and form their own opinion. To do this, I am inspired by the Lega people who make a string of proverbs: Objects referring to one or several proverbs, strung on a line of cord in a village square, triggering the telling of stories and the exchange of ideas.
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