11- DECEMBER 2, 2017
- In 2012 I was invited to do an artist in residency in Sweden. Wonderful,
I love the northern Countries! But, what to do there?
didn't know, when she wrote those lines, that she would come to Sweden
again to be part of a show at PLATINA. But it's time now and we are happy
to welcome her, Karen Pontoppidan and Jing Yang to the exhibition WOMEN.
Karen Pontoppidan says: -Jewellery can be a tool in a socio-political
discourse, but the title WOMEN is not only referring to the last month
discussions or the three German based artists; it is the mutual subject
of their individual work that they have worked on for a while.
Both Bettina Speckner and Jing Yang have worked around the vase. As women,
they're not alone to have heard that a vase evokes associations with women.
Jing Yang grew up in China, brought her cultural references with her to
Germany where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and received
her diploma in the spring 2017. In the exhibition she is showing her series
I AM NOT A VASE
Geometrical circles of brass are places on top of
each other and resemble the shape of a beautiful vase. But the vases have
lost their functionality as vases, if you touch them, they can easily
fall apart at any moment.
Bettina Speckner also received her diploma from Academy of Fine Arts in
Munich but already in 1993. By now she has great experiences as a well
know established artist within the jewellery field. We find her work in
a number of museum and private collections and she exhibits and travels
regularly around the world. When Bettina Speckner came to Sweden, she
worked together with a glass blowing manufacture that blew a vase for
her. The form of the vase was clumsy but beautiful, like a body, and THE
VASE became a representative for herself, her alter-ego and an imperfect
Between 2006-2015, Karen Pontoppidan was professor at Ädellab Konstfack
University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm. Since two years
she is the Professor of Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and now she returns
to Stockholm to show her work KNELL - THE GENDER BELL. The bells are constructed.
Loos silver or tin sheets are sewn, stapled or glued together. She tells
us that the bells can sound, if needed. The sound is dull, not pleasing
the ear, not tolling harmony and tolling long and hard will eventually
change the form of the bell.