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- In 2012 I was invited to do an artist in residency in Sweden. Wonderful, I love the northern Countries! But, what to do there?

Bettina Speckner didn't know, when she wrote those lines, that she would come to Sweden again to be part of a show at PLATINA. But it's time now and we are happy to welcome her, Karen Pontoppidan and Jing Yang to the exhibition WOMEN.
Karen Pontoppidan says: -Jewellery can be a tool in a socio-political discourse, but the title WOMEN is not only referring to the last month discussions or the three German based artists; it is the mutual subject of their individual work that they have worked on for a while.
Both Bettina Speckner and Jing Yang have worked around the vase. As women, they're not alone to have heard that a vase evokes associations with women. Jing Yang grew up in China, brought her cultural references with her to Germany where she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and received her diploma in the spring 2017. In the exhibition she is showing her series I AM NOT A VASE… Geometrical circles of brass are places on top of each other and resemble the shape of a beautiful vase. But the vases have lost their functionality as vases, if you touch them, they can easily fall apart at any moment.
Bettina Speckner also received her diploma from Academy of Fine Arts in Munich but already in 1993. By now she has great experiences as a well know established artist within the jewellery field. We find her work in a number of museum and private collections and she exhibits and travels regularly around the world. When Bettina Speckner came to Sweden, she worked together with a glass blowing manufacture that blew a vase for her. The form of the vase was clumsy but beautiful, like a body, and THE VASE became a representative for herself, her alter-ego and an imperfect amiable companion.
Between 2006-2015, Karen Pontoppidan was professor at Ädellab Konstfack University College of Arts, Craft and Design in Stockholm. Since two years she is the Professor of Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and now she returns to Stockholm to show her work KNELL - THE GENDER BELL. The bells are constructed. Loos silver or tin sheets are sewn, stapled or glued together. She tells us that the bells can sound, if needed. The sound is dull, not pleasing the ear, not tolling harmony and tolling long and hard will eventually change the form of the bell.



Karen Pontoppidan

Bettina Speckner

Jing Yang



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