Born in Vienna in 1955, served her apprenticeship as goldsmith with Hans Muliar and studied history of art at the University of Vienna. Since1981 she has been working as a freelance artist and has participated in many national and international exhibitions, among others:
1987 Brussels – “Europalia”,
1993 “Neue Ringe” – Museum Bellerive, Switzerland
2008 “New Play in Art – Il Gioello Inaspettato” Giardino Botanico Heller, Gardone Riviera, Italy
2012 “ THINGS plain & simple” – MAK Vienna, Austria
Her most important publications are:
“Schmuck.Kunst am Körper. Contemporary jewellery. Art to wear.” Edition Galerie Slavik 1999
“The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellery 2008” A.Lim 2008
“Art Meets Jewellery” Arnoldsche 2010
“New Rings” Nicolas Estrada, Thames and Hudson Ltd. 2011
„Art Jewelry Today: Europe“ Schiffer Publishing November 2014
In 1992 Gerti Machacek received an award in acknowledgement: Austrian State Prize for Craft.
Works have been purchased by the Museum of Applied and Contemporary Art, Vienna [MAK] and the Artothek – Artcollection, Vienna, as well as by several private collectors.
My work is marked by the playful manner in which body and form are treated. At the same time I also work in different subject areas such as dance, movement, the art of folding such as origami and its application to metal, as well as nature and the environment. In my work I place emphasis on sculptural jewellery that can also serve as mementos or objects conducive to self-identification.
By virtue of its portability and innate movement, jewellery permits shifts in perspective.
The materials that I use include silver, gold, bronze, aluminium, stones ranging from pebbles to precious stones, enamel, lacquer, acrylics and synthetic resins and organic material such as coral, horn, antlers.
The various techniques that I apply include forging, sawing, drilling, milling, filing, sandpapering, polishing, soldering, beating, chasing, moulding and casting.
Ideas and design determine the materials I ultimately use and the techniques I apply.