Karola Torkos

Karola Torkos
1975 Erfurt (Germany)

Education
1994-1996 Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, DE
1996-1997 Apprenticeship as goldsmith, DE
1997-2002 Hochschule für Kunst und Design, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, DE
2004-2006 Royal College of Art GSM&J, London, UK

Exhibitions (selection)
2006 International Graduate Show, Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NL
2007 Galerie Slavik, Vienna, AT
2007, 2012 Galerie Marzee, Nijmegen, NL
2007 MCC Gallery, Seoul, KR
2008, 2010 Silke & The Gallery, Antwerp, BE
2009 Galerie Schmuckfrage, Berlin, DE
2009 Heidi Lowe Gallery, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, US
2009, 2011 Aaron Faber Gallery, New York, US
2010 Showcase, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK
2011 Gallery Si, Kobe, JP
2011 Electrum Gallery, London, UK

Awards
2006 The ESG Charitable Trust Award, Royal Mint Medal Competition, open section, London, UK
2006 Theo Fennell Award, Best Jewellery, London, UK
2006 The Conran Foundation Award, second prize, London, UK
2007 Crafts Council Development Award, London, UK

On her exhibition at Galerie Marzee 4 March until 16 May 2012
karola Torkos has created these playful, colourful necklaces by ironing plastic beads, which she purchased in a toyshop. The works are strongly reminiscent of textiles. One of the necklaces
was in fact inspired by traditional Hungarian embroidery – her father is Hungarian. another source of inspiration was an exhibition about Indian art in london. There she discovered that some Indian people believe that not only the eyes but the entire body has perceptive capabilities. She therefore created necklaces that can be worn in two different ways. This means that one ‘good’ side is always turned towards the body.

Paula van Strien