Susanne Klemm regards nature as her inexhaustible source of inspiration and is moved to intervene in the endless rhythm of growth and decay to add a touch of immortality to the happenings. The demiurge captures these moments using a fine plastic covering around objects such as fruit, twigs and flowers, freezing them in time and â€“ paradoxically â€“ thus bringing nature to full bloom. Susanne Klemm captures and holds the past. Where does nature end â€“ where does art begin? Or is the relationship the other way round?
Text by Silvia Hugi
Nature is present in every creation of Susanne Klemm. Fruits, flowers, plants and blooms create the perfect scenery for her, an evidence that Nature is inherently inspiring.Â The collection is an open invitation to discover our surroundings,Â an opportunity to get closer to the environment.Â Few designs can compare to the beauty and detail of naturally occurring elements and Susanne Klemm’s jewels are one of these.
RED LIGHT COLLECTION
During one year Susanne Klemm hadÂ the opportunity to install a temporary workshop in a formal brothel in the Red-light-district ofÂ Amsterdam. She was one of the six Jewellery designers, selectedÂ by Droog Design andGallery Ra, who where part of the RedlightÂ Design Amsterdam project, situatedÂ aroundÂ the Oude KerkÂ (Old Church). During this new andÂ exciting working period she created different rings, inspiredÂ by the surroundings of this neighbourhood, the oldest part of the town.
Prostitution aroundÂ a church is a very strange combination, jewellers in brothels too. It turnedÂ out to be very inspiring to me. She presentedÂ the work behindÂ the window in a showcase. Accidental passers-by, tourists, but also contemporary jewellery lovers passedÂ by. Sometimes she hadÂ to explain to men whatÂ IÂ was doing here; they where confusedÂ about the content ofÂ the window. She felt a friendly atmosphere in this part of the City of Amsterdam. During that year she saw a change in this neighbourhood. It attractedÂ a more mixedÂ public. Prostitution will always stay in this part of Amsterdam however craftsmen andÂ artists are more andÂ more present, now andÂ in the future.