Eva Burton and Tabea Reulecke under the influence of South American and Pre-hispanic culture

Published: 13.11.2017
Eva Burton and Tabea Reulecke under the influence of South American and Pre-hispanic culture.
Carolin Denter
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The exhibition at Gallery Amaranto Joies opened its doors on the 4th of October, one day before the official opening of Joya 2017. Both artists have a strong relation to the South American and Pre-hispanic culture, which manifested in a collection of amusing and colorful pieces.

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While Tabea was working on her enameled animals, which were influenced by her many travels to Chile, Peru, and Lima. She followed her desire as an animal lover, to find a connection to the street dogs all around her. The street dogs proved to be extremely good natured, calm and socialized. As in Santiago, these dogs are accepted as communal dogs, and they are also taken care of up to a point. These creatures amused and enlightened Tabea’s  heart from the very beginning, she describes, so much in fact, that she dedicated a whole body of work to them. Still, in Chile, Tabea began to portray some of these furry encounters by drawing and folding the outlines of the dogs’ profiles in copper, first only the heads and later also the bodies. The result is a series of colorful enameled sculptures and rings. /  Carina Shoshtary

 Paired by colour, both pieces belong to the group of Blue and Green. The dog stares on his mate and invites it to play with him, his mate is a sausage dog, as Eva interprets: Hey, here we go, are you ready? 

Eva, on the other hand, has found a new way to deal with her topic of the playing. She investigated the characteristics of play using the example of the pre-Hispanic ball game in Mesoamerica, which had been performed since 1400 BC. The game had all the characteristics of a modern ball game: a ball court, two teams of players, specific rules, an audience, and judges, but the importance of the game lay in the ritual aspects of it. The game was considered to be sacred. The purpose of these events was to please the Gods and maintain the order of the heavenly bodies, but also to control the society by establishing a strict hierarchy. Eva’s recent body of works titled, When Play Meets Ritual was inspired by this notion of play as a tool to create order and balance. For this series, Eva constructed her own game with the field of jewelry as a playground and a set of self-imposed rules by which she plays that game. The materials she uses are mainly aluminum and stones. The techniques: casting the metal from hand shaped wax, grinding the stones and composing the pieces by connecting the materials.  / Carina Shoshtary

The group of happy frogs encountered by chance. Enamel pins of Tabea Reulecke and Shoe-pieces by Eva Burton.

Located in Amaranto Joies, a Gallery founded in 2007 by Grego García, the promising pieces were presented. The Gallery offers a small, not really luminous place, in which Grego installed light boxes as presentation display for the jewelry.

 This is one of the favourite colour pairings for the artists. The shades of baby pink and blue create a romantic scene for the dogs couple and softens the goldish part of Eva’s earrings. 

This display worked really well with the presentation of the thoughtfully arranged groups and so-called „families“, which are cataloged by the color, character or the stories/imaginations of the pieces. Besides, the small lightboxes seem to transform into Dioramas, in which the jewelry, objects or sculptures start to tell stories about two women exploring, drawing and creating a vivid fairytale world, full of treasures and pleasure.

The "Makers of Things" Tabea Reulecke (left) and Eva Burton. 

The pieces of Tabea and Eva invite the visitor to touch and even tempt to taste them: Eva’s pendants and necklaces are like candy, made from stones in combination with aluminium and precious gold, as well as the surprisingly simple yet appealing enameled forms of folded animal silhouettes, transformed to sculptures and rings by Tabea. Both series make a powerful mix, which lives for sure from the little stories and the vibrant energy of the makers. 

About the author

Carolin Denter completed her training as Goldsmith at Master School for Craftsmen in Kaiserslautern in 2013. In 2015 she made an Internship at Klimt02, where she is working since 2016 as Content Manager. In 2017 she graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts in Gemstone and Jewellery at University of Applied Science Trier, Campus Idar-Oberstein. After her graduation, she started working part-time as Marketing and Design management Assistance at Campus Idar-Oberstein in the Gemstone and Jewellery Departement.