2nd October – 19th October 2019
A dear friend was fond of declaiming “the macrocosm, the microcosm!” whilst dramatically gesturing towards the world in general. I think of her when my gaze is drawn to small things. The understated and fragile, textures at my fingertips, shadows and sighs, a tiny movement that says I am here. In these whisperings I am invited to the game of creation; the minute world and vastness in one. Leaves fall …
Barbara Ryman has been a leading influence in Australian Contemporary jewellery for more than 30 years, primarily for her exquisite and extraordinary work with vitreous enamel. In recent years she has spent much time in Japan studying Japanese enameling techniques with master craftsman and mentor, Tsuyura Sakurai. These influences have provided many new directions of exploration that can be seen in Ryman’s work. “As a mature artist, I have sometimes found this challenging, but it has also been inspirational and transformative. I hope I will always take such leaps of faith”.
She has exhibited consistently both internationally and nationally and her work is held in both public and private collections e.g. Australian National Gallery, Canberra; the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Enamelling - Salou, Spain to name a few.