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kaleidoscoping

From the Greek: kalos for “beauty” eidos for “form” skopos for “watcher” Much as a kaleidoscope reflects tiny pieces, colliding and transforming them into appealing patterns, Nora Rochel seeks out shapes that capture her interest. Then, through gentle manipulation, she creates delicate ornaments and arranges them in compositions of repetition. Rochel’s predominant interest, plants and their flowers, bridge together what are becoming two more distinct chapters in her work. The featured necklaces are obvious meditations on botanical forms, and juxtaposed with her newer work, represent an exploration of understatement and modesty. There is a sweetness and clarity to the more straightforward meditations on her theme. In contrast, the group of new rings mark the exploration of deeper decadence. With their abundance of details and more aggressive scale, they represent a fresh chapter in Rochel’s explorations. The botanical language devolves as the pieces become more complex and ornate, ultimately verging on abstraction. They also become more playful and toy-like, verging on kitsch. Colorful vintage glass stones as well as more precious gems capture and scatter the light, completing this transformation. Rochel’s evolving perspective becomes more apparent when this work is viewed together, and the vying perspectives are enhanced. Viewers can appreciate the clarity of focus in the more subtle pieces as well as the freshness and animation of the new work.

herbalism

herbs or herbal medicine with its secretive, mythical but also healing aspect is inspiring nora rochels work with the title herbalism. she is looking deeper into the subject of plants, the leitmotif of her work , fascinated by supersticions surrounding the traditional folk medicine, with its roots at the very beginning of human history or even before. The work is relating to the past and the future with use of futuristic forms casted in aluminium and the conciousness that there are still undiscoverd plants which may be holding new cures for illnesses. It is exploring the world of flowers and plants, the miracle of life with its cycle of growth, bloom and decay.

querbeet

Inspired by the wordplay of the German word „querbeet“, meaning unsystematic, mix and match as well as referencing flower beds, Nora Rochel explores the world of flowers and organic growth as visual form­giving and expressiveness in both jewellery and everyday objects. While flowers generally are considered a bit old fashioned and sentimental ­ typically viewed as the embodiment of the flat and naive ­ she was inspired by the full spectrum of their complexity and variegation. Wearing Nora Rochel‘s rings turns one‘s hands into small landscapes and gardens. Many of the rings are fanciful, but often the source of inspiration is a real flower. Characteristic features are hidden details like small flowers on the inside or the use of different metals in one piece. They catch the instant of a flower‘s pure vitality while avoiding kitsch.

Her porcelain vases reflect the inspiration of flowers in a more abstract way, expressing it through exuberant colors, organic shapes that grow wittily together as well as the fertile association of growth as it is applied to her work method. Using variously colored porcelain slips, she intuitively and spontaneously mixes them in the casting process to achieve geometric, striped, dotted or marbled patterns. Rich surface textures resulting from textured casting forms or applying the colored slip with a pastry bag round out a new and visceral approach to this traditional material and object typology.