Evert Nijland


handblown glass, handwoven linen, and silver
12 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches

Dutch artist Evert Nijland’s adornment navigates between the primal and sophisticated, historic and modern, luxe and quotidian, tangible and intellectual. His work is created from diverse sources: historical aesthetics and styles, especially the Baroque, are translated into contemporary objects that fuse traditional artisan skills with modern technologies, and contrast a wide range of materials, such as glass, linen and silver. Thorns 2 evokes the centuries of religious art in which the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus Christ has become a symbol of pain, sacrifice and redemption. Seemingly vicious with its handblown glass spikes, yet surprisingly comfortable to wear, Nijland’s neckpiece is a dramatic statement that collapses the distinctions between the spiritual and secular, and the suffering and embellished body. Nijland is a graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and recipient of several international awards. His work is included in public and private collections in Europe and the US.