Felieke creates eye-catching jewelry composed of nobel metal,
tread, plastic animals and textile techniques. Each jewlery has its
own story and can be seen as sharp observations with a lot of built
This summers exhibition in Kabuso is devoted to her artwork as a
whole, and presents her distinctive expression developed over the
past 20 years.
Feliekes jewlery are rich in details. They are narrative jewlery
that also function as miniature sculptures. Clothes and accessories
gives the toy animals a new identity and human features. The jewels
are first perceived as humorous, with their unexpected
combinations, but in several of the jewleries you find a severe
undertone. Human folly is thematized and ridiculed, and topics like
war, environment and animal welfare are implied.
Felieke vand der Leest (born 1968) originates from Emmen in the
Netherlands, but has lived in Øystese since 2008. She is
represented in several international collections such as; the
Vistoria & Albert Museum, London and Cooper Hewitt Museum, New
York. She sells her jewlery in Tokyo, New York and Amsterdam.
But this summer the artist exhibits at her new residency,