Gésine Hackenberg

Gésine Hackenberg (born 1972 in Germany) is an artist active in the field of contemporary author jewellery and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

A basic theme in her work is placing ordinary objects of daily life in the perspective of jewellery. She reflects their emotional value and possible position on the body. Her pieces are based on craft techniques and various materials that tell their own stories about preciousness and adornment, like ceramic tableware, precious and non-precious metals, Japanese Urushi lacquer and glassware. They refer to the validity of traditional themes and their heritage. In the same time, they merge concepts like jewellery, ornaments and objects of use.

Gésine Hackenberg was trained as a goldsmith and studied jewellery design at the former Fachhochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim in Germany. In 2001 she received her degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and in 2013 her Master of Arts at the MAD-faculty in Hasselt, Belgium. She is currently teaching at the Object & Jewellery department of the MAD-faculty in Hasselt and, since 2008, has taught technical metalsmithing classes at the VakschoolEdelsmeden in Amsterdam. She has been the recipient of three grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture, as well as other awards such as the Scholarship for Modern Silver by the Stokroos Foundation in 2010. Her work is published in numerous international publications and included in important collections such as the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands; the Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom; the Mima Middelsbrough Institute of Modern Art, United Kingdom; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City.