Looking Largely & Looking Closely
6th November – 23rd November 2019
How does one come to know a place deeply? Perhaps it is by spending time being there: experiencing the place with our senses; looking largely and closely, observing changes over time. To learn the spirit of a place, and of ourselves who are a part of it.
My contemporary jewellery works for this ‘In the Tank’ exhibition, express some of what I have learned about how topography, the elements and human interaction change a place over time. These new works reflect my interest in specific plants and their supporting ecosystem, which is associated with a remnant peat swamp situated on a cliff-top overlooking the ocean, south of Coogee. I have been visiting this place since I first moved to Sydney in 2000. It is a place I go to be. I will also be exhibiting my topographical installation, Time and Being at Trenerry Reserve.
I see my jewellery and objects as small sculpture that you can wear or carry about the body, like talismans for places that are valued. These pieces are made from a variety of mediums, including one that I first developed in 2006 to express the colour and texture of a succulent plant. This material is composed of hundreds of layers of coloured tissue paper, which is made into blocks that I carve revealing variety in colour and texture. My process for making this material was inspired by the Japanese forging technique known as Mokumé Gane, meaning wood-eye.