Maria Konschake

Within this work, I work with historical objects that carry a cultural value. Those objects were 3D-scanned, changed digitally (combined with other techniques) and finally casted in glass.

The intention was to create new aesthetic and emotional constellations and to question the concept of reality by visualising the simultaneity of different versions of the world.
If we look at museum objects whose bearers are long gone, there is always room for interpretation. The true function of the objects is forgotten and even if they still carry memories, it is impossible for us to decipher them.
When we look at those objects, negating or emphasising certain elements can distort our vision.

The rings used as templates were once symbols of power and authority. Although they still carry memories and a cultural value, now they are only shadows of the past.

„Shadows of the Past“ is an ever-expanding group of ring objects. The 4 ring objects shown here (1963_58_1, 1963_58_2, 1963_58_3 and 1963_58_4) are all based on the same original object - a so-called „Pope‘s ring“ from the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum (in Germany). This so-called Pope‘s ring was never worn by the Pope himself, but was (presumably) a symbol of his power, which was distributed to his representatives when they were travelling on his behalf. The ring was a symbol that at the same time made it possible to extend the Pope’s power beyond its own sphere of action.

The material chosen for my glass ring objects holds a special feature. Through skin moisture, it changes over time and thus collects the traces of those who touch it.

I (1990°) completed my apprenticeship as a state-certified goldsmith at the State Drawing Academy (Staatliche Zeichenakademie) in Hanau (DE) in January 2012. In the same year, I began studying jewellery design at the Hochschule Wismar (DE) University of Applied Sciences Technology, Business and Design, graduating in January 2017 as a Diplom-Designerin (Fachhochschule).

In the following years, I worked as a freelancer, was part of a producer gallery and received first teaching assignments. In September 2018, I returned to Hochschule Wismar for a part-time teaching position, being primarily involved in teaching within the basic education of jewellery and product design students.

In 2019, I joined the PXL-MAD School of Arts (BE) for master's studies (Jewellery Design & Gold and Silversmithing), graduating in June 2020 as Master of Arts in Visual Arts.

Subsequently, I returned to Hochschule Wismar (DE) as a part-time lecturer. Here I worked until the end of October 2021.

On November 1, 2021, I started as a PhD student at UHasselt, Faculty of Architecture and Arts and PXL-MAD School of Arts in Hasselt (BE).
I am working on the topic of JEWELLERY AND IDENTITY: Research on deviation as a process to create art objects based on identity-related jewellery. This research is funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Hasselt University (BOF21DOC04).