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Symphony in Rhapsody by Felieke van der Leest

Exhibition  /  20 Mar 2021  -  15 May 2021
Published: 22.03.2021
Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Scrotum Clamp: Bunny, 2020. Acrylic glass, textile viscose, Argentium® silver, steel.. 13 x 8 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Scrotum Clamp: Bunny, 2020
Acrylic glass, textile viscose, Argentium® silver, steel.
13 x 8 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
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Intro
Was it decided on the toss of a coin? For once Felieke van der Leest had to choose between making art jewellery or making music... Well, it is no question any longer - this year she celebrates her 25th year as a jewellery artist! -  but that doesn't mean that her love for music simply vanished. So it was only natural that at some point she had to deal with this side of her creative persona.

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Felieke van der Leest
And now there is an entire exhibition with pieces full of music. As ever, Van der Leest's approach is free and unpredictable. Some of her new pieces are made from parts of actual instruments. Van der Leest is a keen operator of allusions: parts of a flute merge effortly into faces, as has the bridge of a violin. Two necklaces have a completely different melodic connection: they both contain a tiny music box. Finally, all sorts of musicians are depicted in this show, varying from ferociously singing 'angels' and a blue trumpet player, to the surprising likenesses of two ever adored pop idols. The most remarkable group of pieces is connected to the five members of the punk band in which Felieke van der Leest plays herself, ergo, she is represented in the display as well.

The world of punk and heavy metal might seem a far cry from the refined craftmanship - both the crochet work and the beadwork - that comes out of Van der Leest's hands. Though metal bands resound only occasionally through the workshop nowadays, jazz music took their place, still, her love for the band and its members remains undiminished. Their exuberantly designed portraits make a special tribute to this doubly talented artist.

Ward Schrijver 
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)


This exhibition has received support from Norwegian Crafts and the Norwegian MFA’s support programme for freight and travel. 




Opening Hours:
Thursdays to Saturdays, 11 am - 4 pm.
Felieke van der Leest. Necklace: Singing Trompets, 2021. Textile, oxidized silver, magnets.. 28 x 28 x 7 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Felieke van der Leest
Necklace: Singing Trompets, 2021
Textile, oxidized silver, magnets.
28 x 28 x 7 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
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Felieke van der Leest. Ring: Scrotum Clamp: Scratchy, 2020. Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, cubic zirconia, glass beads.. 11 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Felieke van der Leest
Ring: Scrotum Clamp: Scratchy, 2020
Textile, plastic animal, oxidized silver, cubic zirconia, glass beads.
11 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
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Felieke van der Leest. Necklace: Imagine There’s No Lemon, 2020. Textile, music box (with tune "Imagine" by John Lennon), silver, glass beads.. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Felieke van der Leest
Necklace: Imagine There’s No Lemon, 2020
Textile, music box (with tune "Imagine" by John Lennon), silver, glass beads.
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
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Felieke van der Leest. Brooch: Decibélia, 2021. Textile, silver, cello tuning peg (ebony), synthetic ruby.. 12.5 x 6 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Eddo Hartmann. Felieke van der Leest
Brooch: Decibélia, 2021
Textile, silver, cello tuning peg (ebony), synthetic ruby.
12.5 x 6 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Eddo Hartmann
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