Text and work by Ludwig Menzel. Photo credit: Briquets – 3 Brooches, 2019_Konrad Jünger.
All this jewellery! All these drawers and boxes full of old chains, pendants, bracelets, rings, baptism spoons and tie pins – inherited, passed on, received as a present.
Jewellery as a hoard of decades of family history. Jewellery having no emotional value; perhaps it never had any. Costume jewellery and false feathers, the sins of a youth when everything seemed possible. Rings promising freedom.
At the end, we are left with jewellery which is feeling tired: it has been worn for a long time and now its mission is served. It is impossible to throw it away. Its material value: insignificant.
Presses make room in our world. Discarded vehicles become cute metal packages. Cubes of scrap stuck on top of each other like those in a junk yard, metal walls with idiosyncratic inner workings. Colors, memories, history.
Old jewelry has now a new form. It is compact; handy packed, pressed. Finally!