Esther Heite

Published: 15.01.2021
Esther Heite. Photo by fullnessdesign. Esther Heite. Photo by fullnessdesign.


After her training as Goldsmith, Esther Heite is qualified with a bachelor's degree in Applied Art and Design at the Peter Behrens School of Arts, Hochschule Düsseldorf. During her time at the university, she develops a wide range of her own techniques and procedures, always exploring material characteristics. The displacement of the familiar context is a repeating motif to generate a new aesthetic. Under the guidance of Herman Hermsen and Jantje Fleischhut she developed her graduation project "gebraucht" which deals with the relationship and the mutual influence of subject and object. 


The theoretical analysis of several topics is important for me and helps to bring structure to my thoughts and the observation of daily life. Subsequently, I am searching for a way to translate the ideas into the material. This process is a never-ending experimental field where new paths appear. Usually, I work parallel in different directions without knowing their connection. In my graduation project, I am circling the topic with 6 groups of metalworks to highlight different aspects of my research.

About Liquid Crystal
They are the access to another world, the main means of communication of our time, the interface between humanity and the machine. Detaching the displays from their technical connection resembles a dissecting act. The wafer-thin screens are dug out of the depth of the device with the utmost caution like a valuable raw material. The fragility resembles that of a precious gemstone. In terms of the form, I take up this association and work the LCD into gem-shaped objects in which they form the centre of the facet cut as a stone tablet. The representation of information becomes a dark, iridescent patch.

About Misunderstood Genius
Through "Misunderstood genius" I attribute a central role to the incidental role of an ear-ring’s butterfly back in the process of wearing jewellery. The original shape is distorted as if the material could simply be pulled apart. The plug made of gold becomes a counterweight and loses importance despite its material value. The internal hierarchy of the piece jewellery shifts as a result. It combines the familiar with the unfamiliar.

About Monolith
The technical objects of our everyday life contain an inner interrelationship in which causalities intertwine. Since electrical circuits have started to be used, this inner logic disappears behind screens, pads, buttons and panels. They are the interface to another world and reduce the mental and physical access to the monolithic-looking bodies to a shallow tactile movement. The smooth, black, cold, glass, metallic housings radiate a cool reserve. Things seem to come towards us out of nowhere. They become a fact that seems objective. This unfamiliarity with which the technological objects confront us is the starting point for the "Monolith" group.

About Non-clock
The wristwatch is an expression of our lifestyle that emphasises efficiency. In the non-clock objects, I make the connection between an object, its name and representation a question for discussion. The formal characteristics of the watch objects invite us to recognize something as a wristwatch that has moved away from its function of showing the time. Although the engraved messages serve as a time display, they still exceed our imagination. In the infinite cosmos (Greek Kósmos = order, brilliance) the connections between space and time are ordered. Since the beginning of his time, mankind has seen itself as both safe and protected from these.

About Pixel Gleam
The arrangement of wires and welding spots creates an analogue image dot grid used to display an image and text. The setting of the welding spots can be compared with the on/off of small pixels. The setpoints create a pixel-based image in 3-dimensional material.

The flat surface with the seal creates the typical shape of the signet ring is, which forms the basis of the whole structure of the piece of jewellery. The combination of the ring and the image on the body makes its meaning visible: authority, privilege, belonging. These meanings disappear with the "" rings by highlighting their structure that has been made visible.

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Award giving  02 Mar 2024 - 02 Mar 2024  BKV Prize 2024 Winners.
Award giving  29 May 2021 - 29 May 2021  Legnica International Jewellery Competition 2021 Winners.
Exhibition  02 Dec 2020 - 22 Jan 2021  Hope. A Ruler in Blue.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021  Two of a Kind.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2020 - 12 Jul 2020  Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Exhibition.
Award giving  23 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020  Friedrich Becker Prize 2020 Winner.
Exhibition  19 Feb 2020 - 13 Mar 2020  Human and Object by Esther Heite.
Exhibition  22 Nov 2019 - 18 Dec 2019  NCOD in Lisboa.
By students, teachers, alumnis from Hochschule Düsseldorf at galeria reverso in Lisboa, curated by Herman Hermsen.
Award  28 May 2019 - 31 Oct 2019  JPLUS Emerging Talent Award 2019 by Klimt02.