Escape by Hanna Hedman
This collection of necklaces and brooches by Swedish jewellery artist Hanna Hedman is currently on display at the Soda gallery in Istanbul.
All pieces are handmade, and comprise layers of silver and copper sheets.
The exhibition continues until 30 October.
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Here's the press release from the gallery:
SODA opens the new season with Swedish contemporary jewellery artist Hanna Hedman with her first solo exhibition in Istanbul.
Since 2003 the award winning artist attended several exhibitions, SOFA for five times and recently in May, Collect 2010.
“Escape” includes a selection from her collections between 2008-2010, as well as new pieces the artist prepared specifically for this exhibition.
Hanna Hedman creates unique, handmade jewellery by using thin layered silver and copper sheets.
Her compositions made up of several layers are like stories repeated over and over, with each piece of jewellery changing according to the narrator.
In Hedman’s sculptural, intricate jewellery the beautiful and ugly, reality and dreams unite, human vulnerability and the stories of past eras are told.
After solo exhibitions in significant galleries such as Platina in Stockholm and Ornamentum in New York, Hedman presents her work at SODA starting from the 16th of September. Don’t miss this exquisite collection.
After studying fine arts at Western State College in Colorado, the Swedish designer Hanna Hedman, went to New Zealand and Sweden where she continued her education in Ädellab- Silversmithing and jewellery.
Since 2003 she has participated in several exhibitions in New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.
Starting from 2006, she has attended several SOFA Fairs and recently in 2010 attended “Collect” at London.
In 2009 she had a solo exhibition in Ornamentum Gallery (New York) and in 2010 at Platina Gallery (Stockholm) and Hnoss Gallery (Gothenburg).
Her works are included in collections such as Pinotehek der Moderne (Munich), Röhsska Museet (Gothenburg), Nationalmuseum (Stockholm), Konstfack (Stockholm), Otago Polytechnic (Dunedin).
Existence is frightening and we all have our own strategies of handling and processing the cruelties of the world around us.
Our fantasy worlds can function as outlets or survival strategies and a person’s personality can consist of as much fantasy as realism.
Conceptually, I want to awake subconscious associations as well as lure you into my suggestive world that is full of detail; sometimes beautiful but also melancholic and malevolent.
Hedman has received several awards, including the “So Fresh Award” (Austria, 2009) and the “Annual International Graduation Show” (Holland, 2008).
In my work you will find fantasy, reality, art and function.
Inspiration arrive from human weakness , darkness, death, nature and storytelling. I find it interesting to contrast beauty with the unpleasant, serious and not so nice; the sad and disgusting can also be something beautiful.
My art reference jewellery of past centuries, but the development of each piece progress organically with limited predefined planning. Fragments are created individually and then combined in a similar fashion as stories develop over time. The pieces are extension of one’s body, but also a sense of escape.
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