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Elise Hoebeke.St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp. New Talents Award Nominee 2022

Article  /  NewTalentsByKlimt02   Artists
Published: 28.11.2022
Elise Hoebeke Elise Hoebeke
Author:
St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2022
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Intro
The 8th edition of the New Talents Award by Klimt02 aims to recognize the work of graduate students in our field by supporting their careers in the professional world. Nominated by our school members, one of the selected graduates will win the New Talents Award.

That simple act of cutting and filing the stone convinced me to further study the brick as a connecting element between architecture and jewellery. My research resulted in a series of manipulated, 'transmuted' stones with a direct link to the body: hand, craft: grinding, gemstones: faceting and jewellery: value in general.
 
Name of graduation student: Elise Hoebeke.
Name of guiding teacher: Hilde De Decker.


Nominated by St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.

Over the past few years, Elise Hoebeke has been conducting an in-depth investigation into hand-held systems of 'measurement'', using the body as a starting point for 'measure'.
Her research is as meticulous as her topic itself; she makes the subject, methodology, and flawless execution coincide. Her great understanding of what jewellery is has not only led her to bring a universal theme back to human size and scale, but also to apply techniques and materials that turn objects into jewellery. Her work embodies the vision of Sint Lucas Antwerp's educational programme so astonishingly well that we count ourselves lucky that she joined the teaching team just a few months after graduation.

/ Hilde De Decker


Statement by the artist.
Bricks are made to build a house, a building, a future and dreams. However, when they have served their time, no other use is given to these stones and they are often kept as a pile. Even though the brick is important within our Belgian culture, it has little value as an element in itself. Rather, they are given meaning when stacked together: one brick becomes meaningful thanks to another. The dimensions of the mass-produced brick that seamlessly relate to human proportions (and especially a hand) captured my imagination. The three holes in the brick made me curious and I wanted to study the brick from the inside out. The hole in the stone became a bracelet. That simple act of cutting and filing the stone convinced me to further study the brick as a connecting element between architecture and jewellery.

I was even more convinced by the subtitle from 'L'ordre de la brique' , written by Alain Guiheux: 'L'architecture, c'est la transmutation d'une brique sans valeur en une brique en or.'
Such a title that directly referred to the combination of these two worlds no longer seemed to be a coincidence.

During my search for ways other than architecture to give value to a brick, I discovered one with a cutout that visually reminded me of a baguette cut. It also struck me as an interesting similarity that both the brick and the baguette cut gemstone do not have a function or value in themselves; their value depends on the broader picture, with more stones. Moreover, the similarity in "facets" prompted me to transform one "stone" into another and to highlight its various stages. Thus was born a series of stone cuts.

I cut the bricks by hand, a slow, precise and intensive working method. In doing so, I used both handmade bricks and (in contrast) machine-made ones. In addition to a transformation in form, a material change also took place. Complementary to the brick series, I cut a number of gemstones in brick format; from a crystal similar to red jasper.
A template of orange acrylic is my final way of showing how architecture and jewellery are related to one another. The stencil, the fictitious "measuring instrument," refers to the tools needed in making analogue plans or drawing ornaments. The twenty cutouts -transmutations- in the template refer to the similar proportions between brick and gemstone.

My research resulted in a series of manipulated, 'transmuted' stones with a direct link to the body: hand, craft: grinding, gemstones: faceting and jewellery: value in general. In addition, standardized measurement systems are explored and questioned. The use of fiction and imagination is a metaphor for seeking out new possibilities and escaping imposed standardization.



Contact:
Email: elise.hoebeke@outlook.com
Instagram: @elise.hoebeke

Find out more about St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.
 
Elise Hoebeke. Bracelet: Bracelet en Brique, 2022. Brick.. 7.2 x 7.2 x 1.5 cm. From series: Transmutation d’une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Bracelet: Bracelet en Brique, 2022
Brick.
7.2 x 7.2 x 1.5 cm
From series: Transmutation d’une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Deuxième Phase, 2022. Brick.. 18 x 8.5 x 5 cm. From series: Transmutation d’une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Deuxième Phase, 2022
Brick.
18 x 8.5 x 5 cm
From series: Transmutation d’une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Première Phase, 2022. Brick.. 18 x 8.5 x 5 cm. From series: Transmutation d’une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Première Phase, 2022
Brick.
18 x 8.5 x 5 cm
From series: Transmutation d’une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Troisième Phase Précieuse, 2022. Red gemstone.. 18 x 8.5 x 5 cm. From series: Transmutation d’une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Troisième Phase Précieuse, 2022
Red gemstone.
18 x 8.5 x 5 cm
From series: Transmutation d’une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Quatrième Phase Precieuse, 2022. Red gemstone.. 18 x 8.5 x 5 cm. From series: Transmutaion d'une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Quatrième Phase Precieuse, 2022
Red gemstone.
18 x 8.5 x 5 cm
From series: Transmutaion d'une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Quatrième Phase, 2022. Brick.. 18 x 8.5 x 5 cm. From series: Transmutation d'une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Quatrième Phase, 2022
Brick.
18 x 8.5 x 5 cm
From series: Transmutation d'une brique
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Elise Hoebeke. Object: Ratio Brique à Baguette, 2022. Orange acrylic.. 50 x 70 cm. From series: Transmutation d'une brique. Elise Hoebeke
Object: Ratio Brique à Baguette, 2022
Orange acrylic.
50 x 70 cm
From series: Transmutation d'une brique
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