Joalharia Contemporânea em Portugal

My piece about the exhibition that just opened at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Art Jewelry Forum trip to Portugal in September.

There is a portuguese and an english version of the magazine, just follow the link. : Revista Umbigo

necklace by Pedro Sequeira

necklace by Pedro Sequeira

Trip to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires was amazing!

Friends, Food, Fun!

And some work …

Taller Eloi was our amazing host and we also had the chance to give a talk to the Kweitel-Kohon class at FADU

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A Book

There is a book(let) about this amazing exhibition (I am not going to be humble here, I did love this show)

Works By Iris Eichenberg and me

Photos by João Peleteiro

Design by Aurea Praga

Text by Cristina Filipe

Let me know if you would like to own one.

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Here is the text Cristina Filipe wrote:

(Un)finished conversation: the improbable encounter between Iris Eichenberg

and Marta Costa Reis

 

Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—

or indeed only one. 

Luke 10.41-42

 

Marta Costa Reis travelled across the Atlantic to meet Iris Eichenberg. A workshop in São Paulo. Because time is pressing.  She said. The urgency that took hold of Marta and led her towards this (im)probable encounter with Iris gave rise to an unfinished conversation between the work of both. 2017.

 

The 20th anniversary of the Reverso Gallery led to a new meeting in Lisbon. And today, in Munich, the programming for Schmuck has enabled a third meeting, and the symbiosis of two proposals. Never has the work of two artists been so complicit. I ask.

 

Hybrid. The installation of the deliberately unidentified pieces on two tables surprises us. At first it's not easy to identify the artists. At a second glance, there are references to Eichenberg. A pile of leather insoles, acquired in 1998 at the Feira da Ladra in Lisbon, return to their place of origin. Patiently, they have waited patiently for twenty years. 2018: The Little Cushion metaphorically underlines the place for the encounter with Costa Reis – whose rusted Pendant lying next to it signals the time that has elapsed.  

 

Both operate within this (re)visitation – conceptually and formally – outside a conscious state. Subconsciously, each artist finds her heteronym in the other.     

 

They overlap and intersect. There is a territorial communion sustained by the incessant impulse to be in the other.

 

Both look away. In the image that portrays them, both have the same expression in their eyes. The bodies have equal weight and volume. The pieces are on the same scale.

 

References to domesticity recur in their modus operandi. Daily gestures. Repetitions of the same gesture. Elements that are repeated. Both in form and content. Body and Spirit. Ex-votos and Prayers. I don't know. Martha's necklaces bear the word and "they also listen".  In their inherent rejection of function, Iris' pendants reverberate with the word that defines them. They tell us stories about themselves: “conscious that objects constitute us”. “ – I am interested in objects, not their value; often objects which have been discarded, dismissed”, she says. “–What is an ornament?”[1] She asks.

 

Knots, about us: “This is not fantasy, this is our life”[2].  “Everything is renewed”[3]. Marta Costa Reis encodes the words she quotes in polyester threadsMarta Costa Reis inserts the words she quotes with a writing system encoded in polyester threads. She intermittently and slowly introduces the visual signs that translate the word. She materialises that which is normally light and sound. She prefers silence in the dark. She teaches us to read what "the eyes can hear". And she listens to Iris Eichenberg: “– I like to bring things to a table. To place them side by side and see the objects communicate with each other”[4], in this unfinished conversation which is conducted with the rhythm of the changing seasons. 

 

“– What of importance do these old objects bring to the new world?”[5] Asks Iris.

 

– “Invent real tears, hard love,

         slow-spoken, ancient words,

         difficult as a child’s

         first steps across a room”[6]. Quotes Marta.

 

 

Cristina Filipe

February 2019

 


[1] EICHENBERG, Iris – Lecture presented at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon, 19.07.2018.

[2] Excerpt from "The End of Science Fiction" by Lisel Mueller quoted on the necklace with the same name by Marta Costa Reis.

[3] Excerpt from "A Criação" (The Creation), a poem by Marta Costa Reis quoted on the necklace, from the same author, with the same title.

[4] EICHENBERG, Iris – Lecture presented at Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, Lisbon, 19.07.2018.

[5] Ibid.

[6]Excerpt from "The End of Science Fiction" by Lisel Mueller, quoted on the necklace with the same title by Marta Costa Reis.

Interview in Perceived Value Podcast

When I was in New York for the first New York City Jewelry WeeK I had the chance to be interviewed by Sarah Rachel Brown for her amazing podcast Perceived Value.

Our conversation is about “ Coming to Jewelry later in life” and it was a pleasure to recorded it.

I hope you enjoy listening !

LINK RIGHT HERE

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40 years exhibition of the Jewellery Department of my school ARCO

https://arco.pt/site/news/278/2019-01-14

Alejandra Ferrer Escobar | Alexandra Serpa Pimentel | Ana Albuquerque | Ana Henriques | Ana Margarida Carvalho | António Marques | Carolina Quintela | Carlos Silva | Catarina João | Catarina Silva | Cristina Filipe | Diana Silva | Hugo Madureira | Inês Esteves | Inês Nunes | Joana Taurino | Joana Vasconcelos | João Martins | Julia Walter | Lígia da Silva Gois | Lúcia Abdenur | Luis Torres | Madalena Avellar | Manuel Júlio Machado | Manuel Vilhena | Manuela Sousa | Maria Benedita | Maria José Oliveira | Marília Maria Mira | Michael Gomes | Marta Costa Reis | Miriam Castro | Nininha Guimarães dos Santos | Paula Crespo | Paula Paour | Pedro Sequeira | Renata Porto | Rita Faustino | Rui Silva | Sónia Brum | Susana Beirão | Tamia Dellinger | Teresa Garrett | Teresa Milheiro | Tereza Seabra | Typhaine Le Monnier | Zélia Nobre

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WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS...

I had the incredible opportunity to exhibit my work at TuuuLibreria in Barcelona (check it out) during JOYA BARCELONA 2018 from the 4 to the 6 October.

TuuuLibreria is a non profit that gives you books ! You are asked to contribute what you want to help them pay the rent and wages but the books are essentially free… you donate what you want.

I had been working with poetry and text for a while, making necklaces with text in Morse code (“To be Human is to be in Time” collection) and when my friend and great jeweller Jordi Aparicio mentioned the place to me I knew I wanted to exhibit there.

So I called Alejandra Ferrer Escobar and Marcia Cirne and we put together a really great little show (at least I think so ).

Although the work I show follows the lines of what I was doing and presented at Galeria Reverso in Lisbon in July 2018, it is entirely new work, done specially for the exhibition in Barcelona.

We are thankful for all those who visited and for those who bought and to Xanthi and Elena (the women in charge of the place) who were our guardian angels and super cool and interested!

Here some (iPhone) images!

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ABC... again in Barcelona

The group show ABC, shown for the first time in Valencia, will be presented again at JOYA Barcelona between 4 -7 October in the parallel events OFF JOYA. Some pieces of my Tathata collection will be there. Thank you Carlos Silva, Catalina Gibert and Isabel Tristan for organizing everything and to all the artists who participated.

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Munich Jewellery Week

I had the opportunity to show my works at the Perfect Strangers ´18 during Munich Jewellery Week. It was a great experience, mainly due to the great team that curated it and organized everything, Laura Alvarado and Aiko Blumer and of course, the perfect strangers exhibiting their works together with me. 

Thank you all and thank you everyone who came to see it and took part in the events!

https://www.facebook.com/PERFECTSTRANGERS.MJW/

http://www.munichjewelleryweek.com/event/perfect-strangers/

 

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as minhas peças à venda na loja online do TINCAL LAB

Se gostarem, podem comprar na loja online da Tincla Lab 

http://tincallab.tictail.com/product/marta-costa-reis-major-tom-vision

"David Bowie was the inspiration for these works. Not one song or the other but the artist and the profound changes he brought into the world with his music, aesthetics and vision. Nobody better than him could express the times we lived in and he did it for over 40 years, literally until his death. The work "Vision" is representing the golden bindu dot he used on his forehead in the early years and evoques his incredible intuition and creativity and "Major Tom" is of course an homage to the always enchanting Space Oddity and to the man himself who leads us in such a marvellous voyage."  Materials | Major Tom: aluminium, brass, acrylic, alpaca clasp | Vision: brass, gold leaf, absolute black, alpaca clasp Size | Major Tom: 113x60x8mm | Vision: 60x60x8mm

"David Bowie was the inspiration for these works. Not one song or the other but the artist and the profound changes he brought into the world with his music, aesthetics and vision. Nobody better than him could express the times we lived in and he did it for over 40 years, literally until his death. The work "Vision" is representing the golden bindu dot he used on his forehead in the early years and evoques his incredible intuition and creativity and "Major Tom" is of course an homage to the always enchanting Space Oddity and to the man himself who leads us in such a marvellous voyage."

Materials | Major Tom: aluminium, brass, acrylic, alpaca clasp | Vision: brass, gold leaf, absolute black, alpaca clasp
Size | Major Tom: 113x60x8mm | Vision: 60x60x8mm

PIN A PARIS

Entre 24 de Setembro e 8 de Outubro vou participar nO PARCOURS BIJOUX, em PARIS, numa exposição organizada pela PIN - Associação de Joalharia Contemporânea Portuguesa , comissariada por MONIKA BRUGGER.

INAUGURAÇÃO DIA 23 às 18H!

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