Zhuangzi’s Butterfly Dream 🦋 Painting 🦋 Jewelry 🦋
The past few months we all had to reconcile our inability to act and powerless in the face of war and genocide. All this made me reflect on the role of the artist, while trying to negociate my inner peace. Although I do not have conclusions or solutions, I continued my reflective process through the lens of Zhuangzi’s butterfly dream, and created a series of small paintings. They are supposed to bring moments of tranquility and reflection on the macro – the world, the outside, the larger narratives -, and on the micro – our close environment, personal wellbeing and love.
In May 2023, together with the artists Michelle Kraemer and Lilian Mattuschka, we had the exhibitions Weg=Ziel at Gallery V&V, Vienna. For this exhibition I created a series of jewelry on the subject of Zhuangzi’s butterfly dream. Now for the end of the year, I prepared a series of 11 paintings that I will show tomorrow at Gallery V&V are an extension of that series.
“Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things.”
With the use of two AR (augmented reality) tools, each of the jewelry pieces and paintings are assigned the capacity to self-reflect and to have, similar to Zhuangzi, a dream about being a butterfly.
Come to the Gallery V&V tomorrow 16th of December to meet me, have a chat about art and life, and buy beautiful art.
16th of December 2023, 14:00 to 18:00 o’clock
I will be at the gallery on the 16th of December. If you miss this opportunity, you can still buy the paintings and jewelry at Gallery V&V.
Gallery opening times: Wednesday – Friday 13:00 – 19:00, Saturday 12:00 – 18:00 or by appointment
Location: Gallery V&V, Am Bauernmarkt 19, 1010 Vienna
Painting ° Jewelry ° Ceramics ° Objects
You are cordially invited to the exhibition Painting | Jewelry | Ceramics | Objects.
You have the chance to buy unique handmade gifts for the holiday: jewelry, hats, objects, painting, textile.
The artists showing are Renate Erlacher (jewelry), Izabella Petrut (jewelry), Hilde Schmied (painting), Karin Fronius (hats), Werner Tschinder (objects), Sabine Werkner (ceramic), Ute Huber-Leierer (serigraphy).
29th of November to 2nd of December 2023
Exhibition opening times:
Wednesday – Friday 11am – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm
Location: Ausstellungsraum, Gumpendorfer Straße 23, 1070 Vienna
Weg = Ziel
Weg=Ziel is an exhibition dialogue between Izabella Petrut, Lilian Mattuschka and Michelle Kraemer. In this exhibition, the 3 artists reflect on the commonalities of their work, the individual approaches and their process-oriented ways to the final piece. All 3 artists use jewellery as an impulse to think and create art. The working process is their guideline, both in the exhibition concept as well as in the individual artwork.
Location: Gallery V&V, Am Bauernmarkt 19, 1010 Vienna
Opening times: Wednesday – Freitag 13.00 – 19.00 & Saturday 12.00 – 18.00
Exhibition Opening: 04.05.23, 7 p.m. with Doris Maninger
06.05.23, 3 p.m.: Dialogue / Artist-Talk “The Road to Jewellery” – with the artists Izabella Petrut, Lilian Mattuschka and Michelle Kraemer, Doris Maninger and Veronika Schwarzinger. Closing with IMAGO SONUS, Contemporary Composition
The exhibition can be seen until 04.07.2023. The exhibition is part of Vienna Gallery Walk 2023.
Update: the exhibition has been extended until the end of August.
For this exhibition I created a series of pieces of jewelry that explore Zhuangzi’s butterfly dream. With the use of two AR (augmented reality) tools, I assign each of these jewelry pieces the capacity to self-reflect and to have, similar to Zhuangzi, a dream about being a butterfly.
The visitors of the exhibition who want to experience the AR side of the pieces will need a mobile phone with internet connection, and the mobile app Artivive (free app for both IOS and Android).
Slovenian Jewelry Week
Together with the Romanian Jewelry Collective, a few of my pieces from the series A Love Story, will be exhibited in the Sloven Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana, as part of Slovenian Jewelry Week.
Date: 11th – 19th of May 2023
Location: Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Metelkova ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana
The 7th Edition of the Eligius Jewelry Award in MAK Vienna
I am so excited to be amongst the 10 finalists for the 7th edition of the Eligius Jewelry Award.
The exhibition opened at Kunst im Traklhaus in Salzburg on the 5th of May 2022 and ran until the 2nd of July.
Now the exhibition will be shown at MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst Vienna. The exhibition opening will take place on Tuesday, August 30th, at 19 o’clock. There is no entry fee on the evening of the exhibition opening.
Location: MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst Vienna, Stubenring 5, A-1010.
The exhibition can be seen between the 31st of August and the 25nd of September 2022.
At the exhibition opening at MAK:
Lilli Hollein, General Director, MAK
Anne-Katrin Rossberg, Custodian MAK Collection Metal and Wiener Werkstätte Archive
Also, if you look at this image through the Artivive App (you find it both on Apple Store and Google Play), you will see my new AR graphic.
The Emerging Designer Award at Romanian Jewelry Week 2021, selected by Charon Kransen.
I am delighted to have won the Emerging Designer Award at Romanian Jewelry Week that took place in Bucharest on 30st of Sept. – 3rd of Oct. 2021. The event was organised by Assamblage, The National Association of Contemporary Jewelry Authors and Designers, with the help of ARCUB – Cultural Center of the City of Bucharest.
A Love Story in the window of Gallery V&V in Vienna
In the small window from the entrance of Galley V&V you will find, until mid-September, a few pieces from my series A Love Story.
Exhibition opening on Thursday, July 22nd, between 13-19 o’clock.
Gallery V&V, Bauernmarkt 19 (by the Ankeruhr), 1010 Wien / Vienna.
Gallery opening times: Wed.-Fr. 13:00 – 19:00 (Mo.-Tue. & Sa. on appointment).
For the first time, a selection of necklaces and brooches from the series “A love story” will be exhibited at MAK, as part of the Eligius Jewelry Preis 2019.
Art Jewelry and Wearable Art by Izabella Petrut
Izabella Petrut is an artist and designer who hand-makes each ring, necklace, brooch and pair of earrings herself, in her studio in Vienna, Austria. Izabella likes to experiment with a plethora of materials like silver, gold, iron, brass, pigments, epoxy resin, pretious and natural stones, textile, paper, food, toys, ready mades, roller skates and many more. In her work, she likes to take advantage of the serendipity and the beauty of what every moment can bring into the aesthetic of a piece of wearable sculpture, therefore, each of her pieces are unique and tells a story.
Jewelry is more than diamond rings.
Art Jewelry is just one of the many identities of the jewelry discipline. When wearing a piece of wearable art, you are part of a bigger conversation. It is a conversation that discusses politics, raises issues, annoys and disturbs, or brings laughter and smiles. Thus, Art Jewelry makes you an actor on the every day scene of performance, happening, culture, sculpture, fashion and street style.
Art jewelry is a lot of things. It is a conversation starter, and a heart igniter. It is also a constant reminder of our own passions, hopes, worries and fears. It is meant to bring art out of the museums and galleries, into the street. It brings together a very special and experimental type of craft, and an artistic approach in terms of a certain level of autonomy, conceptual charge and accurate positioning in the contemporary art and social discourse.