The Nobel Jewellery Prize 2014

Published: 09.12.2014
Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson Sanna Svedestedt, Karin Roy Andersson
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For the fourth year we will now take the matter into our own hands and award prizes to outstanding artists and individuals devoted to the art jewellery field.
The 10th of December is the the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. In Sweden we commemorate the Nobel Day – and this is also the date when the Nobel Prize ceremony takes place. For the fourth year we will now take the matter into our own hands and award prizes to outstanding artists and individuals devoted to the art jewellery field. Ok, we won’t stall the excitement any longer – here we go!

This year the Chemistry Nobel Prize was given to Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner for their research on super high resolution microscopy, which with high precision makes it possible to see nanoscale details, for example in virus and bacteria.

We will award the 2014 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Chemistry to Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary. Chitsaz-Shoshtary brings out details that have been covered in layers of graffiti paint. She reveals treasures and put them together creating new shapes that gives unexpected synergy effects.

Carina Chitsaz-Shoshtary “Medulla 3″, necklace, 2014. Cactus, graffiti, silver.
Photo: Laurens Burro

The 2014 Nobel Prize in physics acknowledge an invention that has revolutionized the modern technology. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura gets the prize for their energy-saving and bright diodes. In other words – it was all about light and energy this year, and we follow the same line when we give the 2014 Nobel Jewellery Prize in Physics to Nhat-Vu Dang. Nhat-Vu Dang has been experimenting with light and colour, inspired by plants’ way of using sun rays, adjusting their position in order to get the most ofthevaluable sun energy. His work puts focus on how to find new ways to use nature’s techniques for sustainable development.

Nhat-Vu Dang, Blooming Rose / Brooch, 2014.
Rigid Foam, Lacquer, Paint, Glue, PVC, Plexiglass, Remanium Steel

John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser got the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries on how our sense of direction and our memory works.

We will give the Nobel Jewellery Prize in Medicine to Amy Tavern. Her jewellery work captures memories. Processed and transformed they are reinterpreted by the viewer and become platforms for discussions and new ideas. The installation “Departing Ship” paints a melancholic and beautiful picture of Alzheimer’s disease. A help to ease and to process the sickness of a loved one.

Amy Tavern, Departing Ship, 2013
68 Navy pea coat buttons, safety pins

Patrick Modiano from France got the Nobel Prize in literature. With the motivation “For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation”.

We would like to honour the Finnish artist Tarja Tuupanen with the 2014 Nobel Jewellery Prize in literature. Tuupanen is a master of stones. Out of agate, granite, marble and quartz she brings out shapes that reveals the raw soul of the stone and tells its history.

Tarja Tuupanen, Notions of skill, necklace 2013
Ready-made marble tableware, velour sticker, steelwire

The 2014 Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was given to Jean Tirole for his analysis of market power, a research providing tools to discover and control the influence of too dominant actors.

We give the Nobel Jewellery Prize 2014 in economy to Current Obsession. This magazine spread the rich and wonderful world of contemporary jewellery to places where it has not been seen before, breaking up the monopoly of the CJ-sphere.
Cover of #2 Youth Issue, Current Obsession

The Nobel Peace Prize was given to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi for their brave and important work against oppression of children and for young people’s right to education.

Education leads to understanding and knowledge. It makes it possible for more people to take part in a democratic discussion and it provides tools to prevent conflicts. We will award the Nobel Jewellery Peace Prize 2014 to Mah Rana for the project Meanings and Attachments which offers a platform for discussions about jewellery as a part of our lives. A platform where people can participate regardless age, sex, cultural background or “CJ-experience”.

Jenny, Middlesbrough 2006
Photo by Mah Rana

We would like to thank all of you Jewellery Prize winners for your inspiring work. You definitely deserve a banquette and a fat prize check – we hope that day soon will come!

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Diagonal is a collaboration between Karin Roy Andersson & Sanna Svedestedt. Our focus is to promote contemporary art jewellery. With this blog we share our views & thoughts to take you with us through the ups & downs of our jewellery adventures.