ABOUT THE ARTIST
"Uncommon materials, often “found objects” such as brightly colored plastic, mammoth bones, and mannequin parts."
Benedikt Fischer has been making jewelry since he was a teenager. Although trained as a traditional goldsmith in his native Austria, Fischer soon realized that he held a more radical view of his craft. After seeing the work of alumni of Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academy in a local jewelry gallery, he relocated to Amsterdam to continue his studies. Both the Rietveld and Fischer’s traditional training have left a mark on him, as his work combines conventional goldsmithing techniques with a variety of uncommon materials, often “found objects” such as brightly colored plastic, mammoth bones, and mannequin parts.
For one series of brooches Fischer cut up discarded construction and ski helmets and worked the surface with utmost care and concentration, using instruments such as scalpels, carving burrs, and V-shaped engraving chisels to produce surfaces reminiscent of animal pelts and tree bark. The vivid colors and unusual materials are in themselves not unusual for Fischer’s jewelry. The designer sees jewelry as a basic need that serves various purposes. For this set of brooches, he concentrated on their purpose as a protective talisman.
The series of brooches ‘Pearly Whites’ are surreal pieces of Jewellery:
“Shelly found some baby teeth and tried them on for size. She is sassy and uncivilized, a loudmouth with no spine. Baring her pearly whites, she whispers, sighs, shouts and grins. Evolution is contagious. Other shells are starting to speak back. Soft on the inside, hard on the outside—to open up they must sharpen their teeth. Each one has its own personality and style. Omnivores speak for themselves, and may bite if provoked. Feed them at your own risk.”