ABOUT THE ARTIST
"In my work I try to focus on aspects of life that seem to be fading away."
Karin Herwegh is a Dutch artist. She studied fashion design at St. Joost Academy of Fine Arts in Breda (the Netherlands) (1986-1991). Soon after her graduation, Herwegh discovered that the fashion industry did not suit her. She started experimenting with different kinds of materials and collecting drawings and sketches of what was inspiring for her. Herwegh decides to continue her studies in Antwerp (Belgium) following classes at the Technical School of Gold and Silversmiths (1999-2004). Her work is part of the permanent collection of CODA museum in Apeldoorn (NL) and Zeeuws Museum, Middelburg (NL).
“ In my work I try to focus on aspects of life that seem to be fading away; like craftmanship, and the insight and understanding of how things can function on a personal or emotional level, leaving room for different perspectives. Next to the books and the sketches I collected in the last 20 years, I use the internet- informations and images from all cultures, times and places-as a personal archive. After a process of abstraction, all different elements are transformed and ‘updated’, and lose their initial meaning, context and status. All separate elements are then linked together, and following a certain theme, narrative or memory, a composition is formed. There is no fixed design made beforehand; every necklace is made within its own whimsical logic. The multicultural and historical elements are merged into one piece that can be read in different ways. For me as an artist, I think it is more interesting to place question marks than to provide answers. The works are thus open to be appropriated by the viewer, following his/her own immagination.”