Associate Professor at San Diego State University, spent a month at Platina
Stockholm studio on an IASPIS residency this summer, and we are happy
to show her Rorschach Corsage series in this exhibition.
As the child of a pharmacist and a therapist, Sherman was always intrigued
by the promises of both; the 'natural cures' of psychotherapy, and the
efficiency of modern medicine. She expresses her ambivalence about the
prevalent need for psychopharmica in hybrid abstractions of flower corsages
created in blackened steel. The silhouettes of the pieces are derived
from traditional flower corsages, while the surface botanical forms are
medicines historically used to deal with emotional disorders- Valerian,
and Belladonna to assuage anxiety, and St Johns Wort as an anti-depressant.
In these works, Sherman creates a medicinal corsage, and, jewelry that
soothes. The recent Rorschach Corsages are comprised of layers reflective
of the mediation of social and psychological experience of the wearer.
The corsage silhouette is now mirrored and bilaterally symmetrical- a
Rorschach test inkblot providing a field for the medicinal blossoms. The
elaborate back sides of the brooches are inspired by the emotional states
we do not proclaim in public, while the front surface presents a public
persona. And as in life, sometimes they escape their socially prescribed
Head of the Jewelry and Metalwork Program at San Diego State University,
CA, previous teaching includes, SUNY New Paltz, Savannah College of Art
+ Design, Rhode Island School of Design and Rhode Island College. Sondra
Sherman received the Diploma degree (MFA) from the Academy of Fine Arts
in Munich Germany, where she resided for 10 years.
KERSTIN ÖHLIN LEJONKLOU - an artist, gold and silversmith with her
base and studio in Östersund, Sweden. For over fifty years, she has
created jewellery with precise shape and refines simplicity. She is honoured
with the Prince Eugen medal, received by the Swedish King and queen in
2004, for her outstanding artistic activity.
It has been said of Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou that she is one of the
most prominent among the "sixties" of Swedish jewelry art, and
perhaps more than others in her work summarized the evolution of form
in the last four decades, where nature's organic mobility is played against
more rigorous architectural form elements. In the exhibition we will see
her latest work that she finished 2018.
Lejonklou was educated at Konstfack in Stockholm 1956-1961 and at Kunst-
und Werkschule in Pforzheim 1961-1962. Her work can be found in several
collections such as National Museum in Stockholm, Röhsska Museum
in Gothenburg, Goldsmith Hall London, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustimuseum
in Trondheim, Reuchlinghaus museum in Pforzheim
CARBOO - a jewelry artist and vice chairperson at the Swedish Artists'
Association KRO. Living and working in Gothenburg, Sweden and with her
roots in the northern parts of Sweden, her artistic work is often inspired
by traditional crafts as she explores materials such as wood and leather.
She started working with leather in 2009 during her final project in Jewellery
art and Design at HDK, School of Design and Craft in Gothenburg, looking
for a material with strong connection to traditional craft where she could
explore ways of developing an unexpected and contemporary expression.
She says that naturally tanned leather, as it is a traditional craft material,
possesses qualities that links her work to both the past and the future.
By using old shaping techniques as for example Cuir Bouilli, the leather
is transformed, creating a clash between controlled shapes and soft organic
flow, that Sanna Svedestedt Carboo explains she is particularly drawn
2013 Sanna Svedestedt Carboo wrote a book about Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou.
Therefor we are very happy to be able to show their works in this exhibition.
(Published by Arvinius Förlag, 2013, Foreword by Cilla Robach)
Carboo, jewelry artist since BA- graduation from HDK Academy of Design
and Crafts in Gothenburg, Sweden. Along other, she has been chairperson
at the Association of Swedish Craftsmen and Industrial Designers 2015
- 2016 and Forum Editor for Klimt02, International Jewellery Art Community
2014 - 2016. Her work can be found National Museum in Stockholm and Röhsska
Museum in Gothenburg.
Artist in Residence is supported by IASPIS
Talk between Kerstin Öhlin Lejonklou and Sanna Svedestedt Carboo
is supported by Stockholm stad