The project curator Prof. Ines Bruhn invited eleven renowned jewellers to explore the Petrified Forest of Chemnitz, an important local geological feature in the context of international contemporary jewellery art.
Georg Dobler, Beate Eismann, Mari Ishikawa, Margit Jäschke, Birgit Laken, Heike Lau, Märta Mattsson, Martin Papcun, Deganit Stern Schocken, Flora Vagi, Beate von Appen
The Chemnitz Museum of Natural History and the Chemnitz Association of Artists combines in their joint project to present the Petrified Forest of Chemnitz, an important local geological feature, in the context of international contemporary jewellery art.
The fascinating aesthetics of this 291 year-old silicified wood are the focus of a workshop for eleven renowned jewellers. The project curator prof. Ines Bruhn invited Beate v. Appen, Georg Dobler, Beate Eismann, Mari Ishikawa, Heike Lau, Birgit Laken, Margit Jäschke, Märta Mattsson, Martin Papcun, Deganit Stern Schocken und Flora Vagi to an exciting process.Integrating these materials into pieces of jewellery and other artefacts shall provide further insights into the continuing dialogue between art and nature as well as throwing light upon the manifold of artistic reflections. Inspired by ongoing research work at the Chemnitz Museum of Natural History, through current excavations and significant scientific discoveries, the artists are in apposition to make their own individual thematic connections, opening up new possibilities for the interpretation of Natural History. Even when the Chemnitz Petrified Forest was first discovered approx, 300 years ago, people began producing pieces of jewellery and small boxes out of the silicified wood. Now this traditional craft of processing material uniquely found in Chemnitz has been linked to modern experimental design. Coupling scientific research with artistic expression, Natural History is brought into a more sensually perceivable perspective.