Us, in flux: 4th artist profile - Iris Eichenberg
Iris Eichenberg has been an important figure in contemporary jewelry since she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1994. By 2000 Eichenberg was the head of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie’s Jewellery Department. In 2006 she moved to Detroit, Michigan where she is now the head of Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Metalsmithing Department. Highlights from her exhibition and publication record include regular participation in prestigious events like Schmuck, Collect, and SOFA. Eichenberg continually puts forth new ideas and formats for art jewelry, and has been especially influential in bringing installation art and jewelry together.
Statement for the series "Pink Years Later", some of Eichenbergs newest work:
…trying to find a balance; contradicting materials like fleshy pink plastic and cold, copper-plated silver, wool, and rose quartz, girly ribbons, panty-hose and beads.
Sexy and repulsive at the same time—you need to touch them—wear them and they transform… being placed on the body they melt into the clothes and the body at the same time… they long for a body but also long for the person standing in front of you, triggering the voyeur in the other.