ap - ro - pos Contemporary Jewellery10th October - 27th October 2018 | Stanley Street Gallery

ap – ro – pos
Contemporary Jewellery

10th October – 27th October 2018

Ap-ro-pos is a group exhibition of six artists whose work shares a common purpose through its making. Hand made objects created through the intentioned labor and skill set of these artists provides a forum within which the group supports, questions and critiques each other’s processes.

Diverse and coupled with a joy of making, the interaction between these artists is aimed at strengthening the depth of investigation and expanding the relationship between maker, participant, audience and wearer. The result of this ongoing group dynamic is ap-ro-pos, an exhibition of works by six accomplished West Australian women which fosters growth and creativity, with the purpose of celebrating each others’ unique potential.


About the Artists


Christel van der Laan

The preciousness of ideas, the value of handwork and a reflective design practice are the key concerns in Christel’s work.

Motivated by the desire to create poetic jewellery objects, she delights in the transformative processes that occur through the juxtaposition of unlikely materials and processes. The discarded and the overlooked occupy centre stage here, along with found materials, childhood treasures and anything else she might happen to find.

Since 2008, one of Christel’s materials of choice has been ceramic honeycomb, a refractory material and soldering aid on the jewellers’ workbench. Sanding, filing, cutting into surfaces, wearing away and adding something new when these forms find a partner, hers is very much a labour of love.

Christel’s work has been exhibited in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Japan, and Poland and is held in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Powerhouse Museum and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection in Switzerland. She has staged two solo exhibitions, Price-Less (Katherine Kalaf Gallery Perth, 2006) and Parts of the Story (Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney, 2014).

Born in the Netherlands, Christel has lived and worked in Perth, Western Australia since 1981.


Sarah Elson

Part of everyday life – Sarah’s work is wrapped up in the flow and energy of making a home life, as well as the history and rituals of making art and objects. Sarah’s use of found, donated and re-purposed material dips into the everyday energy flow and her use of the ancient processes of casting and forging connect with these traditions. Her work as a whole acknowledges that the cycle of life continues and that our life today is built on the flow and energy of the past.

Transience, ephemerality, sensuality and reciprocity are keywords in Sarah’s practice – so too an understanding of community, relationships and the fragility (and constancy) of life. The sensuality in her work, of material and subject matter, draws out a philosophical attitude to being.

Born in South Australia but having lived and worked in WA for 33 years, Sarah works largely with precious metals to investigate the nature of what is considered valuable to us as West Australians. A Visual Arts graduate from Curtin University and current Sessional Academic, Sarah was a recipient of the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship in 2001. In 2003, she completed a Masters in Fine Art at the Chelsea School of Art and Design in London. Sarah has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and has held three solo exhibitions to date:  Anigozanthos (eduamonia hybrid) Galerie Düsseldorf, 2007), phloem poetica (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, 2010) and rapier lehmanni (Galerie Düsseldorf, 2011).


Robin Wells

Robin graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Curtin University, Western Australia in 1991, and after moving to Melbourne in 1994, completed her Certificate IV in Gemological studies. Her jewellery making career spans more than 25 years of constant making. She has a vital production jewellery practice, in addition to making one-off works for exhibition.

Robin is represented by leading Gallery’s around Australia including, Beaver Galleries, Studio Ingot and Gunyulgup Galleries.

She has exhibited widely, with recent exhibitions including “Illuminate” at Studio Ingot, Melbourne and “Love Lace” at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Robin was also selected to be part of the “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor” Exhibition of 100 brooches by 100 women from Queensland that toured nationally in 2014.

Growing up in a rural Western Australia, surrounded by bush land has had a lasting impression on Robin, with her work being an ongoing narrative of concerns for our natural environment and the effect we have on it.

This work explores the changing face of the landscape along coastal Western Australia. It forms a documentation of the ongoing impact of urban sprawl.


Claire Townsend

For many years Claire has been making jewellery that explores the marks we leave on each other through our interactions. This has previously resulted in two part rings; how they work together and the impressions or marks they leave.

This new body of work has moved slightly to focus on memories of Claire's grandmother, using her embroidery as inspiration. Sorting through her grandma’s things after she died, Claire's Aunt wanted to throw out the embroidery that was stained or damaged. Claire saw such beauty in these pieces, and was instantly taken back on a journey not only of her grandmother making them, but then using them so much for celebrations, conversations and the everyday. This resonated with Claire, as jewellery can function as a picture or feeling that we can carry with us in the same way. This new work uses steel and the inlay process called Ibsa. Using such a hard material juxtaposes the fragility of embroidery and memory. The inlay technique is both obsessive and time consuming, paying homage to the handmade and tradition.

Claire lives and works in The Perth hills, surrounded by nature and her family. Claire has been a jewellery educator for the past 15 years, working at University, TAFE and hobby level. Most recently she set up and ran classes from Perth’s first private jewellery school, Contemporary Metal. Claire has a thriving practice selling and exhibiting work around Australia.


Helena Bogucki

Helena Bogucki combines formed and found pieces that reflect a passing moment or conversation. Her work begins in the field. Researching; taking samples; and collecting field notes from her explorations whilst revealing fragments of Western Australia’s history and her role within the portrayal of these narratives. She documents the collection and making process from her studio; the catalogued information and findings provide souvenirs that are often as valuable as the finished objects. Helena graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2003. Her recent exhibitions’ include; 2013 Breathe Into, COTA, NSW. 2013 Very Simple Proofs; The Trivial Ring; Studio 20/17, NSW. 2013 Convergence JMGA WA Percolator, QLD. 2012 Paper, Cotton, Wood, Leather. Midland Atelier, WA. 2012. She has held three solo exhibitions’ to date; SS Koombana: Oceans and Secrets,

Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery and FORM, Perth, WA. 2008 Field Notes From Tabekistan, Stairwell Gallery, WA and 2008 Helena Bogucki presents a Field Guide to Collection, Distracted, Perth, WA. Helena’s work is held in the public collections of the City of Perth, WA, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Midland Redevelopment Authority, WA and the Edith Cowan University Collection.


Brenda Ridgewell

A Western Australian, Brenda was born here and has worked in Western Australia except for one life-changing year spent at Workshop 3000 in Melbourne.

A graduate from Curtin University and later RMIT with an MA, she has worked extensively in arts education, including primary and secondary teaching then full time lecturing for many years in the Jewellery /3D Design courses at Curtin University.

Brenda is always greatly influenced by the repetition, structure and finish demonstrated in mechanical and architectural forms.

Her work through the interplay of forms that move both physically and visually in relation to the human form, develop ideas and concepts related to the spaces both on and beyond the body surface, developing spaces connected to the human body that can hold and nurture relationships. These are spaces for intimacy, the space reserved for a lover or child, the space that is increasingly difficult to maintain in our society. Jewellery is the perfect media to explore these ideas of intimacy, as the viewer needs to invade the personal intimate space to view the works as they are worn. She uses precious and semi precious materials to explore the preciousness and tenacity of life, and repetitive forms to demonstrate the repetition in everyday life.

Brenda has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions. Her two most recent solo exhibitions were Personal Pleasure: Personal Space (Gallery East 2006), and Personal Space Defined (Gallery East 2011). Her work is represented in major collections both nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, West Australian Art Gallery and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection in Switzerland.