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Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. MA Degree Show 2021

Exhibition  /  NewTalentsByKlimt02  /  01 Jul 2021  -  11 Jul 2021
Published: 07.07.2021
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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 from the Master's Expo 2021. Spank Moons selected works by masters from all graduating disciplines and presents this eclectic mix. Five graduates from the jewellery design department show their various work to us. From Thursday 1 to Sunday 11 July, at Huidevettersstraat 39 Antwerp.

Artist list

Nina Faivre, Liuhong Li, Cunshuo Ma, Valeriia Naumova, Luca Sagi
Names of the guiding teachers:
Benedikt Fischer, Tine De Ruysser.

 
Nina Faivre. Ring: Cube ring, 2021. Patinated brass, amethyst.. 2 x 2 x 4 cm. Photo by: Miia Kota. From series: Don't tell anyone. 
. Silence sometimes hides an unsuspected story. A story that you protect from the curiosity of others with particular care. It is a story that is sometimes shameful and sometimes happy. It speaks of a moment, a feeling, a person, a passion or anything else. This story is part of us no matter what happens. This story is a secret. Your secret. But, at the same time, don't you have the desire or curiosity to know the secrets of others? Maybe it's to make sure you can trust them, maybe it's just because there's nothing more intoxicating, more exhilarating than being able to crack a secret. Your secrets are like « joyaux »* that you protect, that you make inaccessible, that you hide or that you enclose. They play with you, sometimes touching you deeply. They are as well full of details and anecdotes that will make them unique, just like the many inclusions you can see in the gems of this collection. It is possible you have already confided a one to a trustful person, hoping you will never be betrayed. It endangers it by making it mobile such as the stones of few jewels that can move in the structures and follow your gestures. The pieces of this collection represent the secrets you preserve and keep within you. The gems are your secrets, the structures their protection. *joyaux (fr) : jewels made with precious stones and metals. The etymology comes from the ancient French word « joel » which means play, illustrating the play of light on the piece due to the high shine of the stones and the polished metal ». . Nina Faivre
Ring: Cube ring, 2021
Patinated brass, amethyst.
2 x 2 x 4 cm
Photo by: Miia Kota
From series: Don't tell anyone

Silence sometimes hides an unsuspected story. A story that you protect from the curiosity of others with particular care. It is a story that is sometimes shameful and sometimes happy. It speaks of a moment, a feeling, a person, a passion or anything else. This story is part of us no matter what happens. This story is a secret. Your secret. But, at the same time, don't you have the desire or curiosity to know the secrets of others? Maybe it's to make sure you can trust them, maybe it's just because there's nothing more intoxicating, more exhilarating than being able to crack a secret. Your secrets are like « joyaux »* that you protect, that you make inaccessible, that you hide or that you enclose. They play with you, sometimes touching you deeply. They are as well full of details and anecdotes that will make them unique, just like the many inclusions you can see in the gems of this collection. It is possible you have already confided a one to a trustful person, hoping you will never be betrayed. It endangers it by making it mobile such as the stones of few jewels that can move in the structures and follow your gestures. The pieces of this collection represent the secrets you preserve and keep within you. The gems are your secrets, the structures their protection. *joyaux (fr) : jewels made with precious stones and metals. The etymology comes from the ancient French word « joel » which means play, illustrating the play of light on the piece due to the high shine of the stones and the polished metal ». 
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Nina Faivre. Chain: Eye jacket chain, 2021. Silver 925, quartz tourmaline.. 50 cm. Nina Faivre
Chain: Eye jacket chain, 2021
Silver 925, quartz tourmaline.
50 cm
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Liuhong Li. Brooch: Being seen, 2021. Mother of pearl, silver.. 5.5 x 10.2 x 1.2 cm. What do we want to show and hide in our life? People like to use different ways to record their lives. Nowadays social software is one of the most popular tools of communication and interaction. People post pictures and texts on them to share their lives. However, what they show is the part they want others to see and other parts stay hidden. This project tells what I want to show and hide in my life. I use my diary as a tool and I create two approaches to see what I want to show and hide. One approach is about beautiful and imperfect things. I always want to present beautiful things, and hide things that I don’t like or that have defects. In this collection, the colorful and visible parts represent the beautiful things, that are clearly shown on the surface. The imperfect represent is made in dark colors and I hide it on backside or make it invisible so the audience should turn the jewellery to look for it. The other approach is about the balance between showing and hiding. In this collection, the invisible pattern represents what I want to hide, and the colorful pattern represents what I want to show but that is they always hidden in the corner because of my negligence in tidying up. The unpainted patterns represent a messy room. The colorful and clearly visible patterns symbolized cute toys. People record lives and show beautiful things in various ways, but the hidden part is also the truth. This collection shows the visible part of human life, but also our hidden stories. Only curious people tend to discover the hidden stories and details in this jewellery collection.. Liuhong Li
Brooch: Being seen, 2021
Mother of pearl, silver.
5.5 x 10.2 x 1.2 cm
What do we want to show and hide in our life? People like to use different ways to record their lives. Nowadays social software is one of the most popular tools of communication and interaction. People post pictures and texts on them to share their lives. However, what they show is the part they want others to see and other parts stay hidden. This project tells what I want to show and hide in my life. I use my diary as a tool and I create two approaches to see what I want to show and hide. One approach is about beautiful and imperfect things. I always want to present beautiful things, and hide things that I don’t like or that have defects. In this collection, the colorful and visible parts represent the beautiful things, that are clearly shown on the surface. The imperfect represent is made in dark colors and I hide it on backside or make it invisible so the audience should turn the jewellery to look for it. The other approach is about the balance between showing and hiding. In this collection, the invisible pattern represents what I want to hide, and the colorful pattern represents what I want to show but that is they always hidden in the corner because of my negligence in tidying up. The unpainted patterns represent a messy room. The colorful and clearly visible patterns symbolized cute toys. People record lives and show beautiful things in various ways, but the hidden part is also the truth. This collection shows the visible part of human life, but also our hidden stories. Only curious people tend to discover the hidden stories and details in this jewellery collection.
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Liuhong Li. Earrings: Being seen, 2021. Mother of pearl, silver.. 5 x 9 x 1.5 cm. Liuhong Li
Earrings: Being seen, 2021
Mother of pearl, silver.
5 x 9 x 1.5 cm
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Cunshuo Ma. Necklace: Dynamic responder, 2021. Silver, brass, steel wire, feather, spring. 17.5 x 25 x 7.5 cm. Photo by: Yuxi Lu. 
. In my concept, jewellery worn on our body is amongst our most intimate possessions. If jewellery can bring different degrees of feedback from our body movement as an extension part of the wearer’s body, then the wearer and jewellery itself will have a harmonious relationship. With this collection, I want to achieve an interaction between jewellery and the human body by using the principles of kinetic art. On this basis, jewellery can produce certain kinds of physical feedback from our body movements. This feedback responds differently from different degrees of movements of the body (such as walking or running). In the design of a structure, I made three different kinds of structures to provide different reactions to jewellery. These are driven by wind when we are moving, or a spring in the structure. Influenced by the up and down movements of our body, jewellery can “breathe” as a part of our body, it has a rhythm dependent on our body.. Cunshuo Ma
Necklace: Dynamic responder, 2021
Silver, brass, steel wire, feather, spring
17.5 x 25 x 7.5 cm
Photo by: Yuxi Lu

In my concept, jewellery worn on our body is amongst our most intimate possessions. If jewellery can bring different degrees of feedback from our body movement as an extension part of the wearer’s body, then the wearer and jewellery itself will have a harmonious relationship. With this collection, I want to achieve an interaction between jewellery and the human body by using the principles of kinetic art. On this basis, jewellery can produce certain kinds of physical feedback from our body movements. This feedback responds differently from different degrees of movements of the body (such as walking or running). In the design of a structure, I made three different kinds of structures to provide different reactions to jewellery. These are driven by wind when we are moving, or a spring in the structure. Influenced by the up and down movements of our body, jewellery can “breathe” as a part of our body, it has a rhythm dependent on our body.
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Cunshuo Ma. Necklace: Dynamic responder, 2021. Silver, brass, steel wire, feather.. 18.5 x 21 x 8 cm. Photo by: Yuxi Lu. Cunshuo Ma
Necklace: Dynamic responder, 2021
Silver, brass, steel wire, feather.
18.5 x 21 x 8 cm
Photo by: Yuxi Lu
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Valeriia Naumova. Bracelet: Bracelet with Eudialyte in Syenite, 2021. Sterling silver 925.. Photo by: Johan Poezevara, Fabian Silvestre-Suzor. From series: The epiphany. 
. This current work is inspired by the concepts of chaos and order. In my first master's year, I created jewelry by creating layered clay structures with fringed layers. Their final form was obtained by folding them in the middle, thus creating a new structure or hollow volume: a piece of jewelry. This year I started off by creating layered metal structures in a metal workshop in Russia. I was fascinated by the meandering veins on the outside of the resulting metal objects. My first epiphany this year happened when I encountered a stone that suddenly revealed itself as a layered object that represented chaos and order at the same time. Suddenly, I realised it had been created and structured by the evolution of the Earth, by a succession of natural interventions. My second epiphany happened when I realised I could cut into these stones and combine them with metal bracings. Suddenly my training as a jewelry artist joined my original training as an architect. Lines have seen from another perspective become outlines of volumes. This is the link between the original work with metal and my decision to start cutting into stones. When I finished this collection I had my third epiphany, namely I had found a personal position between luxury jewelry and contemporary art jewelry. This has always been my dream and goal, but I seem to have achieved it unconsciously, just by working continuously, then taking distance at the right time, then having these sudden insights. In short, this collection is about combining chaos with order, abundance (a passion for rich and complex materials) with minimalism, fullness with emptiness, vulnerability and solid construction, sophistication and readability, luxury and art.. Valeriia Naumova
Bracelet: Bracelet with Eudialyte in Syenite, 2021
Sterling silver 925.
Photo by: Johan Poezevara, Fabian Silvestre-Suzor
From series: The epiphany

This current work is inspired by the concepts of chaos and order. In my first master's year, I created jewelry by creating layered clay structures with fringed layers. Their final form was obtained by folding them in the middle, thus creating a new structure or hollow volume: a piece of jewelry. This year I started off by creating layered metal structures in a metal workshop in Russia. I was fascinated by the meandering veins on the outside of the resulting metal objects. My first epiphany this year happened when I encountered a stone that suddenly revealed itself as a layered object that represented chaos and order at the same time. Suddenly, I realised it had been created and structured by the evolution of the Earth, by a succession of natural interventions. My second epiphany happened when I realised I could cut into these stones and combine them with metal bracings. Suddenly my training as a jewelry artist joined my original training as an architect. Lines have seen from another perspective become outlines of volumes. This is the link between the original work with metal and my decision to start cutting into stones. When I finished this collection I had my third epiphany, namely I had found a personal position between luxury jewelry and contemporary art jewelry. This has always been my dream and goal, but I seem to have achieved it unconsciously, just by working continuously, then taking distance at the right time, then having these sudden insights. In short, this collection is about combining chaos with order, abundance (a passion for rich and complex materials) with minimalism, fullness with emptiness, vulnerability and solid construction, sophistication and readability, luxury and art.
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Valeriia Naumova. Ring: Ring with Labradorite, 2021. Sterling silver, shibuichi.. Valeriia Naumova
Ring: Ring with Labradorite, 2021
Sterling silver, shibuichi.
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Luca Sagi. Brooch: Acid rain – structure, 2021. Steel.. Photo by: Aron Viszlo. 
. The collection reflects on an actual, global issue: the water crisis. I observe water as a vital element for survival and at the same time enemy of the inhabitants of Earth due to climate change. With water as the main topic, I investigate it through different approaches in the subject of interdependence and cause-effect. I also put an emphasis on the possible outcome of a dystopian future. How does water create life? What happens if the quantity or quality of water changes? How does it influence our environment and how do we as humans have an effect on water? What can the consequences be of the pollution which we produce? My jewels aim to create awareness of this universal matter. . Luca Sagi
Brooch: Acid rain – structure, 2021
Steel.
Photo by: Aron Viszlo

The collection reflects on an actual, global issue: the water crisis. I observe water as a vital element for survival and at the same time enemy of the inhabitants of Earth due to climate change. With water as the main topic, I investigate it through different approaches in the subject of interdependence and cause-effect. I also put an emphasis on the possible outcome of a dystopian future. How does water create life? What happens if the quantity or quality of water changes? How does it influence our environment and how do we as humans have an effect on water? What can the consequences be of the pollution which we produce? My jewels aim to create awareness of this universal matter. 
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Luca Sagi. Brooch: Without water – Venus, 2021. Tin, steel.. 15 x 15 x 0.5 cm. Photo by: Aron Viszlo. From series: H₂O. Luca Sagi
Brooch: Without water – Venus, 2021
Tin, steel.
15 x 15 x 0.5 cm
Photo by: Aron Viszlo
From series: H₂O
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