Ruudt Peters Lingam Necklace

Lingam Exhibition with Ornamentum at Design Miami / Basel, Switzerland, 2011

 

LINGAM (2007/2008)

Lingams are fertility symbols in the form of a penis. The work was inspired by lingams seen in India, Thailand and Cambodia, among other countries, while travelling through South and South East Asia. They are worshipped in the temples in the form of sculptures; many men wear a lingam as a talisman under their clothing. Life, fertility and sex are very personal values, values that require a careful approach. Lingam looks at fertility symbols in a new way in a time in which Western society is permeated with sex in the coarsest sense of the word. Our Western interpretation demands a response from the arts, a new look that again brings the original religious context of the lingam back into the picture. A lingam does not stand exclusively for lust, but rather for life, love and strength. My Lingams also ’collect’ a wealth of visual and material values. They are sculptures, made of costly materials – as well as wood, ceramics and glass, they are in silver, porcelain, rock crystal. 

Ruudt Peters Lingam Necklace

Lingam Exhibition with Ornamentum at Design Miami / Basel, Switzerland, 2011

Ruudt Peters Lingam Necklace

Gold

Ruudt Peters Lingam Necklace

Green,

Ruudt Peters Lingam Necklace

Silver, 

Biography

Beginning in the 1970's, Ruudt Peters, a pioneering Dutch conceptual jewellery artist, challenged traditional definitions of adornment by pushing the boundaries of context, wearability, materials and presentation. A leader in art jewellery in Holland, Peters exemplifies a mode of expression that is unmistakably Dutch.

He has exerted a strong influence on the development of contemporary jewellery as an artist and as a professor at some of the most prestigious universities in Europe, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm, where he was teaching till 2009. At the moment Peters is professor at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery school, Florence, Italy