Marie-José Van Den Hout
I chose to make a selection of gold contemporary jewelry. I chose gold because of my family tradition working for churches, but also because Vicenza is the center of gold jewelry. Young people tend to make pieces in plastic, in rubber, in found materials, just anything which is available because they can’t afford to buy expensive materials, and that makes interesting jewelry, but for my collection, my private collection I decided not to acquire pieces made of plastic anymore, nor rubber, because in time they will be gone. Plastic discolours, rubber disintegrates, wood, gold, silver, steel, all those natural materials, they stay. And, well, for this exhibition, that’s what I did, only gold. Gold is like the sun, gold is like life, and I love it.