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Iris Mondelaers
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Ludo Helsen, July 18, 2011
Collar_Silver, gold, 1997_Hugo Maertens, Brugge
Collar_Silver, gold, 1997_Hugo Maertens, Brugge
 
The work is entitled ‘Touche pas aux Fleurs!’  Flowers play an important role in much of my work. Sometimes they are very fragile, sometimes quite coarse. ‘Touche pas aux Fleurs!’ is a large, woven, silver tapestry (120 by 124 cm) made up of fine silver threads (925/1000) which are linked by means of circles. Together the smaller circles form a larger circle: the earth, one of the four elements. The work as a whole is monumental because of its size, but very light because of its open structure. The openness symbolizes the air. The tapestry is decorated with silver flowers which are silver gilt on the inside: the element fire. They heighten the contrasts within the work. The flowers are characteristic of my gold and silver work. They are shaped by hand. Mat, teardrop-shaped rockcrystals hang from the flowers, symbolizing the element water.

Silver, partly gilded, rock crystal_Hugo Maertens, Brugge, 2008
Silver, partly gilded, rock crystal_Hugo Maertens, Brugge, 2008
 
This object might be a nuptial piece for a young couple about to marry or a wedding present, in which case it is hung from the altar, within view of the bride and the groom. It can be used again at a christening, and later on at a communion and even a funeral. In this way it takes its place in the family. The metal is very durable, which means the piece can be handed down form generation to generation.

Drawing, 2008
Drawing, 2008
 
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