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Transfer by Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen

Exhibition  /  24 Oct 2018  -  23 Nov 2018
Published: 17.10.2018
Transfer by Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen.
Bilk Gallery
Management:
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Mio Kuhen. Brooch: Left: The Amazon River brooch Right: Flight brooch, 2018. Champlevé enamel, 925 silver.. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Mio Kuhen
Brooch: Left: The Amazon River brooch Right: Flight brooch, 2018
Champlevé enamel, 925 silver.
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Intro
Transfer, heralds the first time that Bilk Gallery co directors, and mother and daughter team, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen have exhibited exclusively together.

Artist list

Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen
Each artist will present their own bodies of work, and as the title suggests, these works highlight how each transfers their thoughts and inspirations into wearable objects. The exhibition also and more broadly investigates the transfer of skills, ideas and knowledge between mother and daughter and daughter to mother. A relationship you might describe as more complex, more fraught and also more rewarding than just that of mentor and mentee or teacher and student.
It's easy Aitken-Kuhnen and Kuhnen, explore the process of enamelling in highly skilled and experimental ways. The resulting work in this exhibition, mainly in the form of brooches and pendants, clearly demonstrates each artist’s proficiency as well as their deep and reverent passion for the ancient craft.  
 
Both Aitken-Kuhnen and Kuhnen, look to the natural world around them for inspiration, interestingly Aitken-Kuhnen from the ground looking up and out, and Kuhnen from the skies down and across time. This shared appreciation but viewed from different perspectives is what allows for interesting intersections and conversations between the works and the artists. Nola Anderson in her catalogue essay about Aitken-Kuhnen writes, “…the essence of the pieces lies in their intimate scale. But the compositions themselves are inspired by the vastness of ground and sky, foreground and horizon. It’s an expansive vision compressed into miniature.” Anderson further describes Kuhnen’s work in that it “… plays with both time and space, looking backwards to ancient history, and hoping to influence our current perspectives”.


Essays by Nola Anderson and a catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
 
Helen Aitken-Kuhnen. Brooch: Black cockatoo resting, 2018. Champlevé enamel, 925 silver. . 3.4 - 4.0 x 3.4 - 2.8 x 0.3 cm. Helen Aitken-Kuhnen
Brooch: Black cockatoo resting, 2018
Champlevé enamel, 925 silver. 
3.4 - 4.0 x 3.4 - 2.8 x 0.3 cm
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Mio Kuhnen. Brooch: Moth compositions, 2018. Mo- riage, champlevé and cloisonné enamel, 925 silver.. 4.2 (diameter) x 0.8 cm (depth). Mio Kuhnen
Brooch: Moth compositions, 2018
Mo- riage, champlevé and cloisonné enamel, 925 silver.
4.2 (diameter) x 0.8 cm (depth)
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Mio Kuhnen. Brooch: Explorers wife, 2018. Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, 925 silver. . 4.2 (diameter) x 0.3 cm (depth). From series: Moths from the Amazon jungle. Mio Kuhnen
Brooch: Explorers wife, 2018
Champlevé and cloisonné enamel, 925 silver. 
4.2 (diameter) x 0.3 cm (depth)
From series: Moths from the Amazon jungle
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