Johanna Törnqvist graduated from Studio Bercot in Paris in 1990 and is also educated in New York, Japan and Sockholm and has been working with fashion, textile handicraft and ceramics, as well as education.
StatementWith one foot rooted in craft and folk art and the other firmly in the criticism of consumption, Johanna Törnqvist assembles traditional and contemporary expressions, but also raises questions about how we value today´s materials. In the borderland between art, craft and fashion, she flirts with the traditions and finds in her work the specks of gold in the trash and superfluous materials. With her craft skills, she transforms trash into something refined and beautiful which does not leave the viewer unaffected.
In her latest project, Project Precious Trash, she takes a step that enables her to take part in the contemporary debate about what we consume and how we look upon our assets. Even though crafts have traditionally been based on an original material: wool, clay and wood, there is something else today that our contemporaries have an inexhaustible supply of - trash. In an incisive way, she creates a provocative contrast between the transience of the trash and the durability of the craft.
/ Text by Frida Arnqvist Engström
Exhibition 17 Feb 2018 - 18 May 2018 The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017 in Sweden.
Exhibition 28 Oct 2017 - 04 Feb 2018 The European Triennial for Contemporary Jewellery 2017.
Exhibition 28 May 2016 - 23 Oct 2016 Project Precious Trash by Johanna Törnqvist.
Exhibition 04 Sep 2014 - 16 Oct 2014 Wear It Loud.
Exhibition 03 May 2014 - 21 May 2014 Smycka Halsen.
Exhibition 17 Oct 2012 - 17 Nov 2012 Nadelwerke.
Exhibition 06 May 2012 - 02 May 2012 Swedish Handicraft.
Exhibition 22 Jun 2011 - 14 Aug 2011 Signed.
Exhibition 24 Apr 2010 - 29 May 2010 Mr Peter and Paradise.
Book: New Bracelets: 400+ Contemporary Jewelry Designs. Estrada, Nicolas. Promopress: Barcelona, 2021
Catalogue: European Triennial for for Contemporary Jewellery. 2017
Book: New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas Estrada. Promopress: United Kingdom, 2016
Book: Jewel Book - International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art. Stichting Kunstboek: 2012
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