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Nora Kovats

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Published: 03.04.2020

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Nora's work is largely botanically inspired. Gardens can be metaphors for identities, always growing, evolving, spilling over their boundaries. The image of the garden unites the desire to organize and discipline nature.
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Memorabilia I, 2020. Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on copper, steel wire, black baroque pearl.. 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Memorabilia. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Memorabilia I, 2020
Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on copper, steel wire, black baroque pearl.
4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Memorabilia
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Memorabilia II, 2020. Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on copper, steel wire, black baroque pearl.. 7 x 4.5 x 3 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Memorabilia. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Memorabilia II, 2020
Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on copper, steel wire, black baroque pearl.
7 x 4.5 x 3 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Memorabilia
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Memorabilia III, 2020. Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on silver, steel wire, black baroque pearl.. 9 x 5 x 3 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Memorabilia. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Memorabilia III, 2020
Sterling silver (oxidized), enamel on silver, steel wire, black baroque pearl.
9 x 5 x 3 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Memorabilia
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Nora Kovats. Neckpiece: Reef, 2020. Enamel on copper, oxidized sterling silver, freshwater pearls, steel wire, citrine drops, rutile quartz.. Length: 52 cm. Largest element: Ø 3.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Reef Collection. Nora Kovats
Neckpiece: Reef, 2020
Enamel on copper, oxidized sterling silver, freshwater pearls, steel wire, citrine drops, rutile quartz.
Length: 52 cm. Largest element: Ø 3.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Reef Collection
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Ovum eines Lindwurms, 2019. Enamel on copper, sterling silver (oxidized), steel wire, baroque pearl.. 6 x 6 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Elementargeister. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Ovum eines Lindwurms, 2019
Enamel on copper, sterling silver (oxidized), steel wire, baroque pearl.
6 x 6 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Elementargeister
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Ovum einer Sylphe, 2019. Enamel on copper, sterling silver, steel wire, baroque pearl.. 5.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Elementargeister. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Ovum einer Sylphe, 2019
Enamel on copper, sterling silver, steel wire, baroque pearl.
5.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Elementargeister
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Nora Kovats. Pendant: Burnt Time, 2019. Enamel, copper, sterling silver (partially oxidized), cultured pearls (partially burnt), nylon, onyx.. 9 x 7 x 4.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Pendant: Burnt Time, 2019
Enamel, copper, sterling silver (partially oxidized), cultured pearls (partially burnt), nylon, onyx.
9 x 7 x 4.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Neckpiece: Schlaraffenland, 2018. Enamel on copper, sterling silver, nylon, steel wire, moss agate, black freshwater pearls, pyrite.. Length: 48 cm. Largest element: 6.5 x 4 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Neckpiece: Schlaraffenland, 2018
Enamel on copper, sterling silver, nylon, steel wire, moss agate, black freshwater pearls, pyrite.
Length: 48 cm. Largest element: 6.5 x 4 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Earrings: Botanist's Dream on a Friday Night, 2018. Enamel on silver and copper, 14ct gold, 18ct gold, green and red garnets.. 6 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Earrings: Botanist's Dream on a Friday Night, 2018
Enamel on silver and copper, 14ct gold, 18ct gold, green and red garnets.
6 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Pendant: Wintergarten, 2016-2018. Enamel on copper, 14 ct gold, sterling silver, carnelian, tourmaline, quartz, garnet, zoisite, iolite, steel wire.. Pendant: 4.5 x 3 x 4 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Wintergarten. Nora Kovats
Pendant: Wintergarten, 2016-2018
Enamel on copper, 14 ct gold, sterling silver, carnelian, tourmaline, quartz, garnet, zoisite, iolite, steel wire.
Pendant: 4.5 x 3 x 4 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Wintergarten
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Nora Kovats. Pendant: Fragmentoskop, 2015-2018. Enamel on copper, oxidized sterling silver, citrine.. 6 x 5.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Pendant: Fragmentoskop, 2015-2018
Enamel on copper, oxidized sterling silver, citrine.
6 x 5.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Bowl: Sieb für Ängste, 2018. Sterling silver.. 7 x 7 x 4 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Bowl: Sieb für Ängste, 2018
Sterling silver.
7 x 7 x 4 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Nora Kovats. Object: Phoenix, 2017. Copper, enamel, brass, air plant (tillandsia), carnelian, rose quartz, agate, nylon.. 18 x 6 x 7.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Phoenix Trilogy. Nora Kovats
Object: Phoenix, 2017
Copper, enamel, brass, air plant (tillandsia), carnelian, rose quartz, agate, nylon.
18 x 6 x 7.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Phoenix Trilogy
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Nora Kovats. Neckpiece: Phoenix, 2017. Enamel, copper, sterling silver (oxidized), garnets, carnelian, nylon.. Length: 46 cm. Largest elemet: 3 x 3.5 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Phoenix Trilogy. Nora Kovats
Neckpiece: Phoenix, 2017
Enamel, copper, sterling silver (oxidized), garnets, carnelian, nylon.
Length: 46 cm. Largest elemet: 3 x 3.5 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Phoenix Trilogy
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Nora Kovats. Object: Pomegranate Fantasy II, 2016-2017. Enamel on copper, Datura stramonium seed pod, pyrite, carnelian, nylon, watercolour and graphite on Fabriano paper.. 21 x 21 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Object: Pomegranate Fantasy II, 2016-2017
Enamel on copper, Datura stramonium seed pod, pyrite, carnelian, nylon, watercolour and graphite on Fabriano paper.
21 x 21 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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Nora Kovats. Object: Split Pomegranate, 2017. Enamel on copper, brass, silver, pyrite, carnelian, grey freshwater pearls, garnet, quartz, nylon.. 6 x 7 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Object: Split Pomegranate, 2017
Enamel on copper, brass, silver, pyrite, carnelian, grey freshwater pearls, garnet, quartz, nylon.
6 x 7 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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Nora Kovats. Brooch: Pomegranate Fantasy I, 2015 - 2016. Enamel on copper, brass, sterling silver, paint, 18ct gold wire, steel wire, pink tourmalines, black diamonds.. 8 x 9 x 3 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Brooch: Pomegranate Fantasy I, 2015 - 2016
Enamel on copper, brass, sterling silver, paint, 18ct gold wire, steel wire, pink tourmalines, black diamonds.
8 x 9 x 3 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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Nora Kovats. Object: Schlaraffenland, 2016. Enamel on copper, sterling silver, 18ct gold, black pearls, garnet (cut and uncut), carnelian, pyrite, aquamarine, quartz, pink tourmaline, nylon.. 18 x 20 x 17 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Object: Schlaraffenland, 2016
Enamel on copper, sterling silver, 18ct gold, black pearls, garnet (cut and uncut), carnelian, pyrite, aquamarine, quartz, pink tourmaline, nylon.
18 x 20 x 17 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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Nora Kovats. Earrings: Spatter, 2016. Enamel, copper, 18ct gold, citrine, carnelian, garnet.. 3.5 x 2.5 x 4 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. From series: Pomegranate Collection. Nora Kovats
Earrings: Spatter, 2016
Enamel, copper, 18ct gold, citrine, carnelian, garnet.
3.5 x 2.5 x 4 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
From series: Pomegranate Collection
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Nora Kovats. Object: A Conscious Garden, 2016. Enamel, Copper, Silver, Gem, Nylon. 11 x 15 cm. Photo by: Nora Kovats. Nora Kovats
Object: A Conscious Garden, 2016
Enamel, Copper, Silver, Gem, Nylon
11 x 15 cm
Photo by: Nora Kovats
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Intro
Nora Kovats is a contemporary jewellery designer, illustrator, writer and botanical enthusiast from South Africa. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Contemporary Jewellery Design and a Master’s in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University, she began to establish herself as a jewellery artist specializing in contemporary enamelwork. In 2016, Nora relocated to Berlin, where she lives and works now, exhibiting both in Germany and internationally on a regular basis.

Nora acts as an ambassador for the hand-crafted. She sincerely believes that a way towards a positive future for humankind is through promoting creative expression and inspiring the act of imagining in others.
 

Statement

As an ‘identity-hopper’, both South-African and European, I am interested in the way stories, layered over each other countless times, construct how humans think about themselves. Identities are infinitely complex and fragmented compositions - overlapping, fragile and fluid, yet so powerfully definitive. I attempt to represent this idea visually in the form of complicated, multi-layered structures in my jewellery and watercolour paintings: stories-in-stories-in-stories. I am particularly fascinated by boundaries. Can one even say precisely where one entity ends and another start? The closer you look, the more difficult drawing a clear line becomes. At a microlevel, boundaries become pixelated, see-through; holes open up to porous membranes that permit a glimpse beyond.

My work is largely botanically inspired, perhaps influenced by my childhood in South Africa. Gardens can be metaphors for identities, always growing, evolving, spilling over their boundaries. The image of the garden unites the desire to organize and discipline nature - that need for boundaries - with the equally human urge to be unconstrained, free, to break through boundaries.

Fire – heating metal and enamelling – is my language of creating. I am drawn to enamelling as a technique because of its uniqueness and its seductive possibility for spontaneity, dictated by the firing process. My method is becoming more experimental as I am growing in my practice, savouring the burns and scars of this haphazard process. Enamel dust is thrown at the metal almost violently, layer upon layer, then ground off again, scraped, colours bleeding into one another, bruised, fired over again until I achieve that mottled brightness fringed with the burn. I love the immediacy and the rhythm of this process; I breathe it when I work. Yet it cannot be completely impulsive, there are natural laws to be obeyed, melting temperatures and properties of metals to consider, the language of the colours to respect. Enamelling is the marriage of something wild and untameable with an ordered, measured, law-abiding other.

 

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2019:
Workshop  19 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019  Depict your Vibe. Enamel workshop with Nora Kovats.
Exhibition  13 Oct 2019 - 03 Nov 2019  Now Now.
2016:

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Article:  Enameling as Creative Studio Practice. Dance with Enamels by Nora Kovats. Kovats, NoraKlimt02:  Barcelona,  2020
Online Article:  The Pomegranate – a Mythological Exploration. Kovats, NoraNora Kovats:  Berlin,  2020
Magazine:  LAY OF THE LAND: CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY IN A CHANGING SOUTH AFRICA. Fenn, GeraldineMetalsmith:  Eugene,  2019
Volume 39 no. 2, Pages 26-27.
Magazine:  Aus dem Vollen schöpfen. Maier, AnjaTAZ:  Berlin,  2019
23/24th March 2019, Page 23.
Online Article:  The Power of Selective Storytelling: Avoiding the Dark. Kovats, NoraNora Kovats:  Berlin,  2019
Online Article:  Tendence sets the new season trends. Cowell, CharlotteGifts & Greetings Review:  2018
6th of July, 2018.
Book:  Hessischer Staatspreis für Kunsthandwerk 2018. Maaß, RolfKulturexpress:  Frankfurt,  2018
Published 4th July 2018.
Magazine:  SA Contemporary Jewellery Awards Exhibition 2018: Special Mention Nora Kovats. Creative Feel:  South Africa,  2018
Edition 04/2018.
Online Article:  2013 Thuthuka Jewellery winners announced. Cohn, TarynArtslink:  South Africa,  2013
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