For Benedikt Fischer, the act of adorning, or the state of being adorned, is a fundamental element of human existence. His concern for the origin of this ancient practice and desire has encouraged him to explore the multiple functions of jewellery though history, in search of its essential meaning. He believes the animal is always present in jewellery making, be it as a symbol of our instinctive nature or as an artistic material.
Benedikt Fischer (b.1984) completed his studies in 2011, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, as well as spending a term as a visiting student at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. His work has been exhibited extensively, at Saatchi Gallery London; Marino Marini Contemporary Art Museum, Florence; OONA Gallery, Berlin; Le Circuit Bijoux, Paris; Jewelers’ Werk Galerie, Washington, DC; and Schmuck 2014, Munich, amongst others.
Benedikt Fischer won the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery in 2018 and the Eligius Jewellery Award in 2013. His work can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, CODA Museum Apeldoorn and Museum for Applied Art, Vienna. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
Some say making is thinking with your hands. I don’t know. I could never say that I understand everything I do, but I definitely think that there is something other than pure rational understanding. Maybe it’s something in between. I personally need both, to keep my head and my hands busy.