birgit thalau gets inspired by subjects which are related to the realities of today and touch us as humans. they involve topics of concern that are rooted in society and in our material culture. she is fascinated by matters with a past - like remnants or forgotten stuff, fragments and other miserable, abstract bits. she attempts to develop a similar language through exploring banal, characterless, so far unnoticed substances as, to her, they are suggesting a potential under their surface. her works gain structure and shape through a diversity of treatments, from a careful manual process to a random gesture, which she determined outside the workshop, a “craft behaviour”. the resulting pieces contain new and existing jewellery qualities and underpin questions about values.