In classical mythology, the cornucopia was a horn shaped receptacle overflowing with fruits of the harvest which offered thanks for nature’s abundance. The 18th Century saw the word cornucopia assuming a more general meaning, that of an inexhaustible store or overflowing supply. Jenny Fahey and Clare Hooper invite you to reflect on the meaning of cornucopia in our contemporary world and the abundance of the oddly intriguing elements within it.
Clare Hooper: Artist Statement & Bio
I have always been drawn to the creation of making things in small scale. For the object to be able to be held in the hand that displays intricate detailing has always held a fascination.
Over time I have realised that this fascination for all things small doesn’t have to be only for objects created for the novelty value but also as carriers for storytelling.
Currently based in NSW, artist Clare Hooper was born what is now known as Zimbabwe and came to Australia as a child.
One of her main artistic inspirations is drawn from pattern, currently from plants and Japanese craftmanship. Another area of inspiration is elements such as translucency, water and for contrast to these elements the use of opaque colouring.
Her favoured medium in making jewellery and objects is with copper, liquid enamel and vitreous enamel.
Clare’s formal training in jewellery was completed in 2013 with a combined undergraduate/ honours degree at the Sydney College of the Arts, where she has now commenced a Master of Fine Arts.
Her work is mainly held in private collections and more recent exhibitions have been in Profile ’19 with JMGA-NSW held at the Australian Design Centre, Sydney and the 2019 ITAMI International Craft Exhibition, Japan. And she is also a member of NAVA and JMGA-NSW.
Jenny Fahey: Artist Statement & Bio
Recent years have found me drawn to small, overlooked treasures, the odd and beautiful elements that comprise both our natural world and our manufactured surroundings. I find wonder in our natural and unnatural abundance. Manipulation of forms using uncertain processes constantly challenges and I am not always sure of the result. I hope to draw together these threads of inspiration and present a microcosm of our modern cornucopia.
Jenny Fahey is a Sydney based jeweller finds inspiration in experimenting with materials and manipulating forms to achieve uncanny transformations: works that spark the recognition of familiarity yet also provoke a sense of something mysterious.