VAN DER LAAN CHRISTEL
Manipulated tree 5
Sound of Then III
Parts of the story
Holier Than Thou
Sang-deok Han, Bérénice Noël, Christel van der Laan
After almost one year from our first group show, the gallery presents 3 artists from 3 different countries creating jewellery which investigate the versatility of multiple materials.
Bérénice Noël, a young artist from the Reunion island, narrates the legend of a mysterious island. A story of fatal seduction in which a mermaid attracts men on the island and traps them by hiding sharp fish hooks under the hidden treasures. In some of the jewellery pieces, pearls, stones and bone-like structures hide the hooks, and seem to float magically. It is only by getting closer that one realizes the ploy. The rock crystals, evoking as much sea salt as drops of water, seem to disappe- ar once the jewel is worn around the neck.
Christel Van der Laan was Born in the Netherlands, grown in South Africa and settle in Australia since 1980. A love of materials and how they can be transformed into poetic jewellery objects are central to the artist’s practice. Christel searches for carefully considered relationships between sometimes disparate elements, with the intrinsic qualities of the materials as her starting point. Placed together, the mundane, the discarded and the overlooked, invite the viewer and wearer to discover and value jewelleryin a new way.
Sang-deok Han, from Korea, addresses sociopolitical issues talking about the connections and contrasts between human beings and nature. The artist creates surreal jewels and sculptures that resemble abstracted organic shapes.
Han uses materials such as iron, steel, wood and resin to create brooches which are often accompanied by drawings and illustrations. His pieces possess an ambiguous and highly sarcastic character.