Nicole Walger



Free Works

Nest
Kokon
Schmelzstein
Flügel
Twist Off
Erdreich
Ein Esslöffel Silber
Erdschale

Nest - a forest project

The nest symbolically represents a place of security, safety, protection and refuge. Starting point for new life. The working and presentation location for my project was the Bärensträßle in the Rotwildpark nature reserve. It is one of the most popular excursion destinations in Stuttgart. Due to the pandemic period, the forest was even more frequented and the amount of garbage increased significantly. An essential part of my project was to work with the found remnants, the trash of the recreationists.

Three works were created: "wegesrand", "toxisch", "für dich".

The project was presented as part of the exhibition "wald sichten" https://waldsichten-1.jimdosite.com/.

Vivien Sigmund, art historian:
"Symbolically, the nest stands for everything homely, sheltered. It protects against all adversity that threatens from the outside. Nicole Walger now builds nests out of precisely these adverse circumstances. She collects all the trash and garbage that recreation-seeking walkers so carelessly drop in the forest, and uses it to form the delicate protective cocoons in which new life is to grow in safety. Soon the offspring can snuggle up in polyester, polyethylene and polyamide.
A real dystopia in subversive camouflage."

The project was supported by a grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg.
In cooperation with Forst BW and Gedok Stuttgart.

Nest - wegesrand



Nest - wegesrand
Material: various packaging plastics, polyester thread
Production: collecting, sorting, analyzing, cleaning, sewing



Nest - wegesrand
Material: various packaging plastics, polyester thread
Production: collecting, sorting, analyzing, cleaning, sewing


Nest - toxisch



Nest – toxisch
Material: plastic film, paste, cotton, cellulose acetate, arsenic, lead, chromium, copper, cadmium, formaldehyde, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, nicotine....
Production: collecting, disassembling, gluing



Nest – toxisch
Material: plastic film, paste, cotton, cellulose acetate, arsenic, lead, chromium, copper, cadmium, formaldehyde, benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, nicotine....
Production: collecting, disassembling, gluing


Nest - für dich



Nest – für dich
Material: Pram, forest vine, beech twigs, wire, thread, trash from the roadside of the Bärensträßle and its near surroundings.
Production: collecting, sorting, cleaning, tying, layering, arranging, knotting, sticking



Nest – für dich
Material: Pram, forest vine, beech twigs, wire, thread, trash from the roadside of the Bärensträßle and its near surroundings.
Production: collecting, sorting, cleaning, tying, layering, arranging, knotting, sticking


Nest - Documentation



Nest – Documentation
A documentation of "Nest - a forest project" can be found at the following link
http://www.nicole-walger.de/download/Freie_Arbeiten/pdf/Nest_22072022.pdf



Kokon

Cocoons are light and vulnerable. They will dissolve and disappear when they are not treated regardfully.



Kokon, Pendant
Material: Silver dust (filing), Bio-Gelatin



Kokon, Pendant
Material: Silver dust (filing), Bio-Gelatin



Kokon, Pendant
Material: Silver dust (filing) blackened, Bio-Gelatin



Kokon, Chain
Material: Silver dust (filing) blackened, Bio-Gelatin


Kokon, Chain
Material: Silver dust (filing) blackened, Bio-Gelatin





Schmelzstein

Schmelzsteine (melting stones) are made of polypropylene and parts of collected already dead insects. They resemble amber*. The Schmelzsteine are put together to a necklace with nature silk to form a baby amber necklace.

*Amber is fossile resin of trees. A baby amber necklace is used to help babies when the are getting teeth.



Baby amber necklace
Material: Polypropylene, parts of insects, nature silk



Baby amber necklace
Material: Polypropylene, parts of insects, nature silk





Flügel

Light things are getting heavy, some things are to heavy to wear.



Flügel, pendant
Material: Steel, brass, copper, silver, fishing line





Twist Off

Jewellery is Communication - in this aspect these works were created. Climate change with all its consequences is a matter of concern to me. The works are especially dedicated to the extinction of species.

The motifs as well as the choice of material are intended to draw attention to the extinction of species and insects and to provide an opportunity for conversation. The works are created from 2 standard Twist Off caps. The motif is carved into a cap. This removes the paint and reveals the metal underneath. The second cap serves as a "frame".



Twist Off, Brooches
Since the caps are magnetic, a magnet is used to attach the brooch.



Twist Off, Brooches



Twist Off, Brooches



Twist Off, Chain (front)
The chain consists of commercially available key rings. This makes the Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat (Melomys rubicola) a key animal, a key figure. It is the first recorded mammalian extinction due to anthropogenic climate change.


Twist Off, Chain (back)
The expiry date has expired.





Erdreich

Earth-bound is the source of nutrition and life, is absorbent and fertile. Roots spread, providing stability and strength. It stands for growth, change and transience, for the cycle of life.

Gold or silver are poured into earth. Structures arise. Natural and rough, gentle and smooth.

Gold (900/000) and Silver (935/000).



Gold or silver is poured into earth.



The metal has solidified.



The metal is forged. Spoons are made.




Rings are formed and connected.




Connections have been made. Partner rings.




Compostable spheres made of earth encase and protect the rings.





Ein Esslöffel Silber

Working as a goldsmith produces silver cuttings. A tablespoon of these silver cuttings is mixed with gelatine and poured into a new object - a tablespoon of silver. The tablespoon of silver dries and solidifies.

It will dissolve at dinner, to a tablespoon of silver.


"Ein Esslöffel Silber" and the tablespoon of silver cuttings.





Erdschale

A handful of earth is mixed with gelatine and formed to a bowl. The bowl dries and solidifies.
The wall is thin, the bowl is delicate and fragile. When it comes into contact with water it will disintegrate and return to the cycle of life. An object for eternity.


Erdschale (Diameter approx. 16 cm)



Erdschale (Diameter approx. 16 cm)





Nicole Walger
Diplom Designerin
Hölderlinstr. 17
D-70174 Stuttgart