In this text, you could expect me to write about my identity. I can talk about my education as a goldsmith and my study at the Willem de Kooning Academy after which I continued further at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht. I was born in Lichtenvoorde, a village in the east of the Netherlands. But is this my identity? Now you know the basic data about me, but not who I am.

Look closer at my face, at my hair and skin. I have blonde hair and a Western European appearance. You don’t see any wrinkles yet, but sometimes a bit of acne. Now you could maybe tell my age and cultural background. But how can you read this from my face? Is it the skin that tells you this? Does your face also provide some basic information like jewellery does? How can a face talk about identity?

This is what my work is about. I want to ask questions about identity and show that identity is what makes us individual. Are our identities more similar than we assume? What is identity?


Elwy Schutten


Gallery Ra

To see my work in reality, I would like to invite you to Gallery Ra in Amsterdam.


See also the page on Hedendaagse 


Curriculum Vitae


Education / Training:

2013 – 2016  Jewellery Design
                            Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design
                            passed with distinction
2015 – 2016  Internship with Jasmin Matzakow (half year)
2011 – 2013  Associate Degree, Arts & Crafts
                           Willem de Kooning Academy
2008 – 2011  Goldsmith, Vakschool Schoonhoven


Awards, nominations, exhibitions, projects and publications:

2019  Talente Price 2019, Munich, Germany
2018  4th TRIPLE PARADE Biennale for Contemporary Jewellery, Shanghai
2018  Meesterlijk 2018, Amsterdam
2018  Showroom Limburg, Kerkrade
2018  Perfect Strangers, Munich Jewellery Week 2018
2018  Culture and Identity, Gallery Ra
2017  GrisGris Exhibition at Coda Museum Apeldoorn (NL)
2017  Article Art Aurea (Autumn 2017)
2017  Designer in Residence Pforzheim
2017  Built-in, with Dovilė Bernadišiūtė, Munich Jewellery Week 2017
2017  40 Brooches for the Coda museum friends
2016  Awarded the Encouragement prize Thesis from Art Thesis Zuyd
2016  40 Years Gallery Ra Exhibition
2016  Nominated for Henriëtte Hustinx price 2016
2016  Marzee Graduation exhibition
2016  Graduation Exhibition,
             at Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts & Design
2016  Art Tour, Maastricht, at Residentie Maastricht
2014  Clasp for the new cloak of the Mary statue of
             The Lady Church Maastricht, designed and made.
2013   Publication in the book; Dit is Meesterlijk
2013  Exposition; Meesterlijk
2013  Graduation Exhibition Willem de Kooning Academie


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