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Ornament in Transition

Ornament in Transition

Silke Trekel Jewellery 1995–2020

By (author) Ellen Maurer Zilioli


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  • First monograph on Silke Trekel's jewellery
  • Accompanies three exhibitions in Munich, Hanau and Lausanne
  • Art jewellery at its finest
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The uniqueness of Silke Trekel (*1969) lies in the melding of artisan skills and awareness with a particular sensibility for the character and texture of the inherent quality of her materials. Whether industrial or organic, they play a crucial role in her designs. The many travels of the Halle-educated artist broadened her perspectives, validating them in a concept of jewellery fed by universal symbolic metaphors of form. The publication gives a first in-depth account of her development, of this dialogue between abstraction and ornamental tradition. In fact Trekel invites us to rethink, for her work unites motifs and guiding concepts, which galvanised 20th century art - between sculptural spatial configurations and signs held in suspension. Trekel takes an active part in this story.

Text in English and German.

Published to accompany exhibitions at Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, from 5 March-17 April 2021, at Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau from 12 September-10 November 2021, and Galerie Viceversa, Lausanne from February 12–March 12, 2022.

About the Author
Dr. Ellen Maurer Zilioli, art historian, author, curator, gallerist, dedicated to contemporary art jewellery within the present-day art scene.
Arnoldsche Art Publishers
22nd Apr 2021
Paperback / softback
UK, US, Eastern Europe, France, Benelux, Japan, South Korea, Africa, South America & Ireland exclusive. South Africa, N&M East non-exclusive
280 mm x 220 mm
112 Pages
100 color
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