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Heavy Necklace, cobble stones found on Ierapetra beach Crete - iron - glass, cross Ø 2.5 cm height 1 cm, 1993

Morpheus Ship I, silver - bone - string - poppy seeds, 24 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm, 1993

Healing Heart, pendant, iron - broken car glass, 5 x 4 x 2.5 cm, 1992

Aureole, pendant, slate from roof Rijksmuseum collected after autumn storm - iron - string - paper - gold leaf, Ø 6 cm height 4 cm, 1993, one side gilded

Aureolae Field, mural installation, 365 pendants, slate - iron - string - paper - gold leaf, each disc Ø 6 cm height 4 cm, 1993, for one year’s mourning ritual

Mourning Necklace, slate from roof Rijksmuseum collected after autumn storm - gold leaf - string, 65 x 2 x 2 cm, 1993

Mourning Necklace for a Season - Winter, slate - silver - string, 146 x 2 x 2 cm, 1993, box made of autumn leaves, out of four piece series

Love Harness, leather - wood - glass - roses - metal, Ø 50 cm height 2.5 cm, 1991

Come into Leaf, branches - silver - iron, sower: 8 x 5.5 x 3 cm, 1994

Come into Leaf, branches - silver, Ø 35 cm height 1 cm, 1994

Silk Trade, silver - bone - thread - silk, 33 x 1 x 1 cm, 1993

Silk Trade, silver - slate from roof Rijksmuseum collected after autumn storm - thread - silk, 33 x 1 x 1 cm, 1993

Urn, iron - glass, urn: 5.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm, 1994

The Sun Around, pebbles - silver, sun Ø 3.5 cm height 3 cm, 1993

photos by Henni van Beek

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Peter Hoogeboom (b. 1961) studied at Amsterdam's Gerrit Rietveld Academy and graduated in jewellery in 1992 with the theme 'healing/curing'. In his subsequent work he concentrated on the theme of death. He produced and 'aureole field' in which a ritual is enacted: every time the heart of one of the 365 aureoles bursts into flame the slate disc, with gold leaf on one side is turned over life turning into death. The aureole field is an imposing mural work measuring two by two metres.


Later work includes mourners' chains, sometimes in a series of four with each chain representing a season. By attaching them with fastenings, the annual cycle is completed. The boats in his 'silk route' necklaces contain balls of silk thread: a reference to the journey of time and the transience of life. The silver ship, which can be worn as a pendant, scatters poppy seed on and around the wearer... Fertility symbols, unfolding petals and budding seeds are often found in Peter's jewellery.


In little cages he catches washed up stones -polished by water- and links them in a chain. The lock is a demarkation of the beginning and the end. After his 'healing heart', which he made at the Academy, he started producing wire constructions in the shape of a cross, an urn or a man, each harbouring a particular power in their core.                                                                                                          Paul Derrez, February 1994

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