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Manon van Kouswijk

Jeweller
Published: 01.11.2007

Statement

I like to think that it's possible to reinvent jewellery, despite the fact that its archetypal forms and motifs haven't fundamentally changed throughout its long history. These archetypes to me are like templates that I use for translations of the jewellery types I work from (for example the beaded necklace). I explore the visual and conceptual potential of these existing jewellery forms and motifs and translate them through a range of materials, processes, and ideas.
The traces of the making process are often visible in the work. The imperfection of the handmade, present in marks of fingerprints and moulds, is an integral part of the objects.
While originating from a conceptual approach to making at the same time my works embrace the sensual qualities of jewellery objects in the use of colour, their weight, sound, rhythm, and material expression.
An integral aspect of my practice is the framing and contextualising of the work through the making of exhibitions and artist publications often in collaboration with other artists and designers. My artist books feature found and made photographs and drawings to trace and reimagine the presence of jewellery and other personal possessions in private settings, in museums, and in popular culture.

 

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2020:
Exhibition  04 Dec 2020 - 23 Dec 2020  Zoom Jewellery Exhibition.
Exhibition  02 Dec 2020 - 22 Jan 2021  Hope. A Ruler in Blue.
Exhibition  17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021  Two of a Kind.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 30 Aug 2020  Contemporary Jewellery. Thoughts, Materials and Techniques.
Fair  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  Schmuck 2020.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  BEADED.
Exhibition  21 Feb 2020 - 20 Mar 2020  Gogoisme 2 in Lisbon.
2019:
Exhibition  01 Dec 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Christmas Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  23 Nov 2019 - 21 Dec 2019  Final Parade.
Exhibition  09 Oct 2019 - 02 Nov 2019  Gogoisme 2.
Exhibition  06 Sep 2019 - 05 Nov 2019  MasterMakers.
Workshop  17 Jul 2019 - 20 Jul 2019  Sources & Resources by Manon van Kouswijk.
Exhibition  29 Jun 2019 - 02 Aug 2019  A Jewellery Playbook. ACT 3 by Manon van Kouswijk.
2018:
Exhibition  12 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018  White Gold, Clay Body.
2017:
Exhibition  20 May 2017 - 28 May 2017  Becoming More Porous. Becoming More Craft-oriented.
Exhibition  19 May 2017 - 05 Nov 2017  Medusa Bijoux et tabous.
2016:
Exhibition  15 Oct 2016 - 10 Dec 2016  Ra Now.
Exhibition  23 Aug 2016 - 24 Sep 2016  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2016.
Exhibition  05 Mar 2016 - 12 Jun 2016  Objects of Vertu.
Exhibition  30 Jan 2016 - 19 Mar 2016  Order of Appearance by Manon van Kouswijk.
2015:
Exhibition  07 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015  To Recover.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015  20/20: Gallery Funaki 20th Anniversary.
Fair  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Schmuck 2015.
2014:
Exhibition  18 Jun 2014 - 19 Jul 2014  Différence et Répétition.
Exhibition  11 Feb 2014 - 08 Mar 2014  2 Minds 4 Hands by Lucy Sarneel & Manon van Kouswijk.
2012:
Exhibition  08 Feb 2012 - 10 Mar 2012  Manon van Kouswijk, Fabrizio Tridenti and Ted Noten.
2007:
Exhibition  31 May 2007 - 13 Sep 2007  New concepts, new languages, new gallery.

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Book:  Schmuck 2020 Catalogue. Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern:  Munich,  2020
Book:  Findings by Manon Van Kouswijk. van Kouswijk, ManonAustralian Book Connection:  Oakleigh,  2015
Book:  Hanging Around / The Pearl Chain Principle. van Kouswijk, ManonUitgeverij Boek:  Amsterdam,  2010
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