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Terhi Tolvanen: Curiosity Collection

Exhibition  /  02 Mar 2013  -  13 Apr 2013
Published: 22.02.2013
Galerie Rob Koudijs
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Rob Koudijs
Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Kutu, 2013. Pearls, ebony, cement, wood. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Kutu, 2013
Pearls, ebony, cement, wood
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen is fascinated by nature and collects objects for their beauty and curiosity, yet she does not safeguard her treasures in drawers. Tolvanen uses them as points of departure for making jewellery pieces that are as mysterious as they are wondrous.

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Terhi Tolvanen
Collecting appears to be one of mankind’s irrepressible urges. Hundreds of years ago it manifested itself in Italian ‘Studioli’, German ‘Wunderkammer’, and Dutch ‘Cabinets of curiosities’. In these rooms inquisitiveness and astonishment merged with beauty, religion and superstition. In the Museum Boerhaave, in the Dutch city of Leiden, you can still see how seventeenth century scientific collections were arranged in decorative patterns.

Terhi Tovanen is part of this tradition, but she holds a rather unusual position. She too is fascinated by nature and collects objects for their beauty and curiosity, yet she does not safeguard her treasures in drawers. Tolvanen uses them as points of departure for making jewellery pieces that are as mysterious as they are wondrous. It is as if she breathes life into the magic that used to linger in the Wunderkammer in days gone by. Her new work explicitly refers to these old collections made up from shells, pearls, coral and insects like butterflies and beetles. The respect with which she applies these materials, bridges past and present, nature and culture. Each piece tells the story of an unique, intuitive search.
The future owners of Tovanen’s work will in their turn be bewildered, just like their historic predecessors, and place their jewel – when it is not worn - in the next, their own collection. In this way people try to come to grips with the world, the creation and human creativity.

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Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Wings, 2013. Mother of Pearl, cement, silver. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Wings, 2013
Mother of Pearl, cement, silver
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Necklace: The Wave, 2013. Mother of Pearl, cherry, cement, silver. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Necklace: The Wave, 2013
Mother of Pearl, cherry, cement, silver
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Nemo, 2013. Mother of Pearl, cherry, ebony. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Nemo, 2013
Mother of Pearl, cherry, ebony
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Scarabee, 2013. Labradorite, cement, silver. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Scarabee, 2013
Labradorite, cement, silver
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Necklace: Reef Romantica, 2013. Applewood, ebony, labradorite, silver. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Necklace: Reef Romantica, 2013
Applewood, ebony, labradorite, silver
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Necklace: Antoniette, 2013. Pearls, cement. wood, silver. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Necklace: Antoniette, 2013
Pearls, cement. wood, silver
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Morpho, 2013. Applewood, labradorite, ebony, paint. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Morpho, 2013
Applewood, labradorite, ebony, paint
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Brooch: Adamaria, 2013. Mother of Pearl, ebony. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Brooch: Adamaria, 2013
Mother of Pearl, ebony
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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Terhi Tolvanen. Necklace: Manga, 2013. Applewood, mother of pearl, ebony. Photo by Eddo Hartmann. Terhi Tolvanen
Necklace: Manga, 2013
Applewood, mother of pearl, ebony
Photo by Eddo Hartmann
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