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In Splendour Moot, Adornment Re-framed by Elfi Spiewack

Exhibition  /  20 Nov 2017  -  21 Jan 2018
Published: 12.12.2017
In Splendour Moot, Adornment Re-framed by Elfi Spiewack.
Ashburton Art Gallery
Management:
Shirin Khosraviani
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Intro
An exploration of jewellery as a marker of self-expression and an invitation to viewers to reconsider preconceived ideas around the value of jewellery and objects of adornment.

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Elfi Spiewack
The Ashburton Art Gallery is delighted to present an exciting exhibition by Lyttelton-based contemporary jeweller Elfi Spiewack In Splendour Moot, Adornment Re-framed for its first showing in New Zealand. Spiewack states “Nature has always been a big inspiration, working with ordinary materials and elevating them, putting them into a different context is what interests me. I want to open people’s minds as to what jewellery can be, to challenge the traditional definitions of what jewellery is.” 

In this exhibition Spiewack reconstructs the traditional jewellery pieces worn by those of high social rank and importance in portrait paintings from the Renaissance, Baroque and Victorian era. She has taken reproductions of these paintings and edited out the original jewellery and re-created new responses with jewellery pieces which are presented 3-dimentionally on the flat surface of the paintings. These new creations have been made using materials such as silver, gold and pearls which have been juxtaposed with materials of low monetary value like animal bones, antlers and synthetic hair in an attempt to question notions of beauty. This is further emphasized through an interactive mirror installation which gives visitiors the opportunity to see themselves ‘wearing’ Spiewacks’ creations.


About the artist:
Spiewack completed a Bachelor of Arts in Jewellery and Object Design from the University College for Art, Design, Technology and Economy, Pforzheim, Germany. She is represented in galleries throughout New Zealand and has shown in numerous group and solo shows in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, The Netherland and USA since 1993.

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Elfi Spiewack. Necklace: XXL, 2017. Sheep bone, gold, stainless steel wire on print.. 54 x 3.5 x 135 cm. Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi, 1540 by Agnolo Bronzino.
.  . Elfi Spiewack
Necklace: XXL, 2017
Sheep bone, gold, stainless steel wire on print.
54 x 3.5 x 135 cm
Portrait of Lucrezia Panciatichi, 1540 by Agnolo Bronzino.
 
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Elfi Spiewack. Necklace: Untitled, 2017. Sterling-silver, deer antler, possum vertebrea, rubies, baroque pearl on print.. 60 x 4 x 85 cm. Portrait of Prospero Alessandri, c.1560 by Giovanni Battista Moroni.
.  . Elfi Spiewack
Necklace: Untitled, 2017
Sterling-silver, deer antler, possum vertebrea, rubies, baroque pearl on print.
60 x 4 x 85 cm
Portrait of Prospero Alessandri, c.1560 by Giovanni Battista Moroni.
 
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Elfi Spiewack. Brooch: Untitled, 2017. Sterling-silver, deer antler rose, bone, seed-pearls, baroque pearl on print.. 49.5 x 4.2 x 70 cm. Eleonora di Toledo, 1543 by Agnolo Bronzino,. Elfi Spiewack
Brooch: Untitled, 2017
Sterling-silver, deer antler rose, bone, seed-pearls, baroque pearl on print.
49.5 x 4.2 x 70 cm
Eleonora di Toledo, 1543 by Agnolo Bronzino,
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Elfi Spiewack. Necklace: The flock, 2017. Bone, rope.. Various from 27 - 60cm in length. Elfi Spiewack
Necklace: The flock, 2017
Bone, rope.
Various from 27 - 60cm in length
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Elfi Spiewack. Set: Untitled, 2017. Sterling-silver, bone, synthetic hair, pearls on print.. 61 x 3.5 x 78 cm. Portrait of Sofia Potocka, 1831 by Sir George Hayter.
.  . Elfi Spiewack
Set: Untitled, 2017
Sterling-silver, bone, synthetic hair, pearls on print.
61 x 3.5 x 78 cm
Portrait of Sofia Potocka, 1831 by Sir George Hayter.
 
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