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A Couple of Things

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Ame Gallery presents “ A Couple of Things”

A contemporary jewellery exhibition presenting the dynamic artist couple:

Beate Klockmann and Philip Sajet.

"Journey of spirit and energy. Balance of elements. Harmony in collaboration. Reflection of the beauty of the world and the cultures that inhabit it. These are all tenets of belief.” Philip Sajet.

Fascinated by each other’s perspectives on various subjects surrounding their lives, this exhibition ‘A Couple of Things’ is a collection of contemporary jewellery by German artist, Beate Klockmann and Dutch artist Philip Sajet. “A Couple of Things” heralds their obvious fascination of the same subject matters, yet their inspirations for creating jewellery driven somewhat from being absorbed by alternative perspectives.

Beate and Philip, both of whom are prominent artists in the contemporary jewellery world, met in 2000. They fell in love with each other as well as each other’s creations and thus began working together. What became apparent was their differing points of reflection, they would select to work on the same subject, but each taking on a very individual approach.

Left: Beate Klockmann, “Les Montagnes”, Enamel on copper, gold

Right: Philip Sajet“La Campagna nr 4”Gold, rubies, jade, mother of pearl, rock crystal, paladium

In the necklace set ‘Landscape and Mountains’, they both are depicting nature through the colour and texture of their chosen materials. Beate expresses the visual of mountains with sparse vegetation, whereas Philip has made 4 trees with fruits in the foliage, 4 clouds and a small sun. Beate’s sensual approach verses Philip’s playfulness on the subject, has given the audience a glimpse of the dynamic energy that flows between this couple. Their own points of view, culminating into a togetherness and balance.

Beate and Philip both works with precious material such as gold and gemstones, as well as other materials that manifest their ideas. In the ring set ‘Rings Red’, both artists are expressing form and the colour red, through the use of their chosen materials. Beate’s signet ring is an inverted pyramid by folding an iron sheet, with enamel applied on the surface, to give a hand-painted effect. The lightness of this ring is in contrast with Philip’s ring, which is made of an inverted–point coloured glass on a chunky shank ring, comparable to a flame of red fire. These rings are a perfect example of the artist’s signature styles.

Left: Beate Klockmann ,“Title” , Enamel on iron.

Right: Philip Sajet, “Shard ring”, Red glass, niello on silver

In this exhibition, 11 sets of exhibits are paired based on a theme, design and choice of materials. These are the results of the shared tales of heritage, travel, music, nature and the elemental universe amongst the couple. Whether in conflict or compliment, there is a story in every piece of jewellery that forms the set, that the audience would certainly find balance and equality within them. Beate and Philip delight the visual, with their dramatic collection of contemporary jewellery.

This desire to make "jewellery from the soul” conveying feelings through the wearable art form, has been presented in this carefully curated exhibition. Both Beate and Philip’s works are great examples of contemporary jewellery that express their individual attitudes, methods and materials. Which in turn represents the very meaning of art itself.

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