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Tangent Matters. The body is always there.

Lena Grabher, Michelle Kraemer, Izabella Petrut

Jewelry artists Lena Grabher, Michelle Kraemer, Izabella Petrut are all interested in the subtle touch between the piece of jewelry and the body of the wearer. They believe there is a point, a line or a surface of tangency between the two that create a great level of intimacy. This tangency is the focus of Grabher’s, Kraemer’s and Petrut’s work. Regarding the body as a site to place an object, the three artists explore jewelry from the perspective of an actual, physical presence or absence of the body / the wearer.

The three jewelry artists come from different backgrounds and countries in Europe, have studied in different schools, and have very different sources of inspiration. Their paths have met in Italy, where they all studied in the same contemporary jewelry school, but at different times. Then their roads met again in Vienna, where they now share a studio, at Atelier Stossimhimmel.

Kraemer, Grabher and Petrut each have their own jewelry language that they use to tell their stories. Kraemer is fascinated by space, its textures, its colors and its magic. Grabher is exploring a hybrid universe where modular symmetry is helping her question how we think about beauty. Petrut is obsessed with time, with the spontaneity, the uniques and the irreversibility of each moment and how this can be passed on from the her hands into the pieces of jewelry she makes.

The jewelry the three artists make is always in relationship with the body, questioning its presence and absence, and the body’s interaction with jewelry.

Lena Grabher:

Lena Grabher is a Vienna based contemporary Jewelry designer and maker. She started her education in Vienna and completed her apprenticeship examination as a Jeweler at the Wiener Goldschmiede Akademie in 2010. She served as a teaching assistant at the same school for one year before she moved to Florence, Italy. There she studied at the renowned school Alchimia, contemporary Jewelry school in Florence, with Ruudt Peters and Peter Bauhuis to receive her BFA in 2013. Thus, she completed her MFA studies in Metals in May 2015 at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is now a member of Atelier STOSSIMHIMMEL and teaches at the Goldschmiedelehrgang in Vienna.

Michelle Kraemer:

Creative and artistic expression have always played a big role in her life, but she discovered her passion for contemporary jewelry during the last year of my 3D-Design studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Afterwards she specialized in contemporary jewelry at Alchimia – Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy with Prof. Manfred Bischoff and Prof. Ruudt Peters.

Since 2009 she is living and working as a contemporary jewelry artist and is an active member of STOSSIMHIMMEL – Atelier for contemporary jewelry in Vienna

Izabella Petrut:

Izabella Petrut is a contemporary jewelry designer. She has acquired practical and theoretical skills by completing a Bachelors’ (2007) and a Masters’ (2009) degree in Design at the University of Arts and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She has graduated the GJ3 Specialization program at Alchimia, School of contemporary Jewelry, Florence, Italy (2012) with professor Ruudt Peters. At the moment she conducts her doctoral studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, and she is a member of Atelier STOSSIMHIMMEL Vienna.


Galerie V&V, Bauernmarkt 19, 1010 Vienna, Austria (opening times: We-Th 15-19, Fr 12-19, Sa 12-18).

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, August 24th, 19-21 o’clock.
The exhibition will run until September 30th 2017.

Tuesday September 19th, there will be an installation-performance and sound-happening: Collaboration of Elements with artist Schayan Kazemi.

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