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Sint Lucas Antwerp. MA Degree Show 2019

Exhibition  /  EmergingValues  /  26 Jun 2019  -  30 Jun 2019
Published: 28.08.2019
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Intro
On the final presentation of our master's students, you can see how they have seized every opportunity to discover and excel in their own artistic language.

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Djara Van Hove
Sixteen Beloved Daisy Petals by Djara Van Hove

The daisy embodies my memories of a carefree childhood at a campsite nearby the Belgian coast where I, like many other children, picked out the most beautiful daisies to give them to my grandmother or to play the ‘Daisy Petal Game’ with to find true love. This childish action is a small gesture with a loveable intention that symbolizes love and sympathy for your loved ones. Picking and giving daisies is a universally known practice of which only the timing, setting and persons involved differ in each case. In general, I consider it as a valuable matter between loved ones and as a way to express love.
The conceptual approach to the "The Daisy Petal Game" is universally recognized. Through the children’s game one tries to determine whether a person adores them or not. The sentences "He (or she) loves me" and "He (or she) loves me not" are spoken out loud every time a petal of the daisy is picked. The last remaining petal will give the answer to the question asked. During the picking of the daisy, the player is motivated by the strong attraction for another individual. Children consider this as a genuine sign and as a way to confirm or deny love using an organic object.
The result is a copper daisy that consists of sixteen single-sided enameled petals. The instruction manual gives an overview of the importance of the action: each petal needs to be picked individually from the object. Through these actions, the object will transform and finally disappear until only the flower heart remains. The picked petals are portable multiples that have been carefully picked, just like a real daisy, depending on the children’s play. Afterwards, the individual petal is tied to a handmade yellow thread. This thread is simple and functional at the same time and transforms the whole into a unique pendant when it is placed around the neck of the loved one. The long yellow thread refers to the flower heart and represents the daisy in general, which is a subtle reminder of the former state. The jewelry pieces are souvenirs that strengthen the intimate bonds between the loved ones and the holder of the object.
The unrealistic scale of the object was deliberately chosen as a result of the digital form process of the solitary setting. The exceptional size of the ground plan was necessary to realize the floral patterns. By maintaining the exceptional scale in the end result, the act of breaking off is emphasized. In order to not only make the object formally organic, but a thin layer of glass powder has also been laid on the bent surfaces. The petals show a white-green hue and differ greatly from one another. This effect looks much more natural in comparison with an almost perfect white enamel coating. The flower heart shows different yellow shades, after which the whole suggests a daisy.
The unique object comes in a metal box in order to protect the piece in a sustainable way so it can be preserved. The packaging is an integral part of the object because the same technique, the laser cutting, was applied just as with the copper daisy. This fast and accurate cutting method emphasizes the unpretentious nature of the daisy.

 
Djara Van Hove. Object: Sixteen Beloved Daisy Petals, 2018 - 2019. Enamel, copper, thread, paper.. 26.5 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm. Photo by: Elise Hoebeke. Djara Van Hove
Object: Sixteen Beloved Daisy Petals, 2018 - 2019
Enamel, copper, thread, paper.
26.5 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm
Photo by: Elise Hoebeke
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Djara Van Hove. Object: Sixteen Beloved Daisy Petals, 2018 - 2019. Enamel, copper, thread, paper.. 26.5 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm. Photo by: Elise Hoebeke. Detail view.. Djara Van Hove
Object: Sixteen Beloved Daisy Petals, 2018 - 2019
Enamel, copper, thread, paper.
26.5 x 6.5 x 26.5 cm
Photo by: Elise Hoebeke

Detail view.

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Djara Van Hove. Object: Sketchbook (work in process), 2019. Daisy, thread, cotton, tracing paper.. 17.4 x 0.2 x 18.7 cm; 13 x 0.1 x 8 cm. Photo by: Djara Van Hove. Djara Van Hove
Object: Sketchbook (work in process), 2019
Daisy, thread, cotton, tracing paper.
17.4 x 0.2 x 18.7 cm; 13 x 0.1 x 8 cm
Photo by: Djara Van Hove
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