Margaret Park & Yukiko Nonaka
September 23-November 13, 2021
Before an object is created and fully realised, it doesn't yet exist. It's simply an abstraction floating in someone's head. The title is a reference to the big bang, the beginning of the universe. We play with the idea that something is created from nothing. Manipulating a flat form into a 3D shape is when it becomes alive and becomes an object that adopts form and meaning.
Yukiko Nonaka and Margaret Park are recipients of the SSG Exhibiton Prize awarded for excellence.
Studying at Enmore TAFE enriched us with meaningful friendships and a love of making. It feels very special for us to be the recipients of this Exhibition prize after studying two courses together over 6 years - Margaret Park and Yukiko Nonaka
Margaret Park: Artist Statement & Bio
Whenever I make anything, I strive for a design that's clean, balanced and understated. I gravitate towards simple shapes and seek to combine them in a way that's unobtrusive. Often when exploring my surroundings, details of a humble object will become fixed in my mind and then my desire to translate that into a design will emerge.
Margaret Park is a contemporary jewellery maker based in Brisbane. She studied Fine Arts at Hornsby TAFE, majoring in photography and painting. Margaret won the Ron Hogan Memorial Painting Prize in 2005. She has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in Photomedia at the University of Sydney.
After a brief hiatus, Margaret took a silver jewellery workshop at a community art centre and became hooked. Deciding a few hours a week wasn't enough, Margaret went on to complete studies in Jewellery and Object Design and Jewellery Manufacturing at Design Centre Enmore where she was awarded the JMGA Graduate Award for Future Talent and The Tank Show Award. Margaret has participated in several group exhibitions in Australia and was a recipient of the Emerging Artist Craft Award in 2015.
Yukiko Nonaka: Artist Statement & Bio
Creating to me is a process of materialising my emotion. I think I try to settle the emotional unease by creating physical objects. Even when I make it into a piece of art, that emotion won't settle but will still exist. I create art objects as temporary relief, and keep living my life.
Yukiko Nonaka is an artist based in Sydney. Born in Japan, she moved to Australia in 2008.
She has graduated from Tsukuba University in Japan with a Bachelor and Masters in Japanese Painting.
Since moving to Australia, Nonaka has pursued an art practice in Jewellery. She recently graduated from the Design Centre in Enmore with a Certificate of Jewellery Manufacture and Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design.