REKA LORINCZ, Hungary
Hungarian jewellery artist REKA LORINCZ studied at the Moholy-Nagy University of Applied Arts (Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetemen) in Budapest.
“Jewellery design, in my understanding, is an interpretation of today’s world, a kind of communication between the outside world and my inner world – making the invisible visible. With my jewellery, I look at the complex diversity of our world. The thrusts of emotion and reflection flow through me with the impulses of nature that I explore and turn into objects. With my objects, I try to illustrate the difference between what is shown and the real world – which sometimes looks captivating, false, even dangerous. ”
There are various misconceptions in the conventional sense of what a jewellery is and what it should be. At the border between kitsch and consumer art, Reka Lorincz creates a colorful kaleidoscope of ornaments, objects, installations and video materials that help the artist define and illuminate jewellery in a new, humorous, critical and philosophical way.
The jewellery by Reka Lorincz consists of materials that are traditionally considered valuable, such as gemstones, precious metals, pearls, and materials that the artist herself finds valuable. These are the things she simply finds, receives as a gift, or buys in the “flea market”. These are things that we would at first glance find worthless. Nevertheless, in the works of Reka Lorincz, this opposition has simply been eliminated. The brooms and the pearls form one whole, a single object, so that the valuable part of the object is not degraded, but on the contrary, the worthless becomes much more valuable. Reka’s works of art are extraordinary because, due to their masked nature, they do not always immediately reveal their true and actual financial value. Because of the playful appearance of the jewellery, the viewer may not initially realize that they are jewels. The real power of the objects by the artist is that through them she creates an associative world that unites all means of expression, precious metals, tools, objects that have never been linked before. And it all happens as naturally as they have always been together. This hidden world where a diamond and a pearl fit into a pill box, where the sweeping movement of the broom is complemented by a pile of pearls. Similar to surrealism, where objects have added value accumulated in people’s secret fantasies.