Christine Graf


My making process is characterized by my intuitive sense of aesthetics, the freedom in the creative process of perceiving, understanding, realising and shaping of an object.

The material I use for my pieces is industrial manufactured copper mesh; working with it like textile gives me the possibility to form the shapes directly with my hands following my instincts. Using traditional textile techniques transformed into metal I try to change the aesthetic quality of the meshs surface structure a unique ornamentation is created by the rhythmic repetition and its specific qualities of light and shade.

The application of coloured enamel onto bellied round shapes coupled with geometric angles transforms the object, creating a dialogue between space and boundary. The surface quality subtle nuances and texture emphasise the fragility and ephemeral qualities of the work. It seems as if the metal body is reduced; covered by the enamel it loses its structural qualities and in turn takes on a new visual and metaphorical identity.

Born  1968 born in Munich, Germany

Education 
2007
  MA Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products, BIAD, Birmingham City University, UK
1996  Examination for the master's certificate, Munich
1988 &#8208 1991 Goldsmith apprenticeship, Staatliche Berufsfachschule fur Glas und Schmuck, Neugablonz, Germany

Awards
2009 
 Bavarian State Prize
2008  Danner Honorary Award, Danner Foundation, Munich, Germany

Exhibitions
2011 
 Collect 2011, Saatchi Gallery, London, (represented by Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Galerie der Preistrager, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
The JAMES Days, Bayerischer Kunstgewerbeverein, Munich, Germany
2010  Collect 2010, Saatchi Gallery, London, (represented by Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
2009  Vessels: Mind, Soul and Senses, Gallery Ra, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jahre Galerie Rosemarie Jaeger, Galerie Rosemarie Jaeger, Hochheim, Germany
Schmuck 2009, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany, and RMIT‐Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2008 danner‐preis 2008, H2‐ Centre for Contemporary Art, Augsburg, Germany
Modern Masters, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany
2005  ‐ 2007 Choice ‐ Contemporary Jewellery from Germany, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Itami, Japan,
Gallery YU, Hiko Mizuno Jewelry College, Tokio, Japan, CODA Museum Apeldoorn, Netherlands,
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany, Goldschmiedehaus Hanau, Germany, Villa Bengel
Idar‐Oberstein, Germany
2005  danner‐preis 2005, Bavarian National Museum, Munich, Germany
Solo exhibition, Gallery Isabella Hund, Munich, Germany
Schmuck 2005, Munich, Germany
2003  Annaherung, Galerie im Alcatraz, Hallein, Austria
2001  Blickrichtungen, Gallery for Applied Art, Munich, Germany
Schmuck 2001, Munich, Germany, and Wilhelm Wagenfeld Haus, Bremen,
Germany
1999 Schmuck 1999, Munich, Germany

Collections
Danner‐Foundation, Munich, Germany, funded by Mathias‐Pschorr‐Foundation, Munich, Germany

Publications
Jessica Turrell, Surface and Substance: A call for the fusion of skill and ideas in contemporary enamel jewellery. in: Craft Research Volume 1 (2010), pages 85‐100.
The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers 2008, Volume 1. Darling Publications, Cologne 2008.
[Cat. Exh.] Danner‐Preis 2008. Munich/Berlin 2008.
[Cat. Exh.] Danner‐Preis 2005. Munich/Berlin 2005.
[Cat. Exh.] Choice ‐ Contemporary Jewellery from Germany. A Reader. Dusseldorf 2005.
[Cat. Exh.] Schmuck 99, 2001, 2005, 2009. Munich 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009.

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