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 – paradoxically – thus bringing nature to full bloom. Susanne Klemm captures and holds the past. Where does nature end – 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. The collection is an open invitation to discover our surroundings, an opportunity to get closer to the environment. 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 had the opportunity to install a temporary workshop in a formal brothel in the Red-light-district of Amsterdam. She was one of the six Jewellery designers, selected by Droog Design andGallery Ra, who where part of the Redlight Design Amsterdam project, situated around the Oude Kerk (Old Church). During this new and exciting working period she created different rings, inspired by the surroundings of this neighbourhood, the oldest part of the town.
Prostitution around a church is a very strange combination, jewellers in brothels too. It turned out to be very inspiring to me. She presented the work behind the window in a showcase. Accidental passers-by, tourists, but also contemporary jewellery lovers passed by. Sometimes she had to explain to men what I was doing here; they where confused about the content of 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 attracted a more mixed public. Prostitution will always stay in this part of Amsterdam however craftsmen and artists are more and more present, now and in the future.