Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele

Published: 21.06.2016
Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele Bernhard Stimpfl-Abele


Transformations: the rebirth of the tool
The tool is more complex in its nature and identity than most would assume.
In this project, the artist aims to expose the tool in a new light by emphasizing its alternative identities. Indeed, the tool can cease to be just an inanimate tool. It can become alive and be reborn as jewellery, while keeping its spirit and properties as a tool.
The tool’s transformation story is complex as well. By looking at finished jewellery objects, with a bit of imagination and fantasy, different narratives are born. To illustrate the artist’s intentions, here is the amazing story of a pair of scissors and its transformation process from tool to accessory:

My work “Organic Metal“ is about the old, the new and the ambivalence in between. I want to preserve, or possibly conserve, a snapshot of the aging process and a specific moment in the life/death of organic materials like mostly bread or bread dough. These organic materials are also the base of my jewellery pieces. I see similarities between the way we humans grow up and develop. I expose my work, or as I would otherwise put it, let my work experience different elements. It almost looks like evolution in itself by following the already finished process from a distance. It even can produce a short glimpse into the future.

more details about the “New Organic Metal" project under my official website:

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Exhibition  03 Apr 2022 - 25 Sep 2022  A Mind of Their Own.
Exhibition  19 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019  Polyphonic. New members of Art Bv.
Award  25 Aug 2018 - 07 Oct 2018  Cominelli Foundation Award 2018.
Exhibition  09 Dec 2017 - 10 Dec 2017  Schmuck & Skulptur.
Exhibition  10 Jun 2016 - 23 Jun 2016  Eligius Schmuckpreis 2016.