Over Your Head is an exciting and provocative exhibition of contemporary wearable art by leading jewellery artists from Australia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic.
Jewellery has long been associated with beauty and Over Your Head is both beguiling and beautiful. But contemporary wearable art invites gallery visitors to wear what they are seeing, not just hang it on a wall in a private space; to go public and make a statement.
As the title playfully suggests, not only do all of the works in the exhibition go on over your head, the 37 artists in this group exhibition also raise some serious issues.
As well as glittering precious metals and gleaming stones, the jewellers in Over Your Head use unconventional materials such as: plastic bottle tops, old books, recycled paper and toy plastic pigs.
This show is bound to generate many questions in relation to long held views of self, society and the environment, not to mention the stereotypical notions associated with jewellery. Over Your Head asks: What is sacred? Who is safe? Do we exist in a prefabricated, prescribed reality fuelled by complacency and a desire for stasis?
The 37 artists in Over Your Head are:
Margot Alexander, Diane Appleby, Sean Axelrod, Becky Bliss, Vernon Bowden, Marina Civiero, Zara Collins, Peter Deckers, Joungmee Do, Sione Falemaka, Felix Gill, Natalie Gock, Jessika Hanford, Helen Heap, Clare Hooper, Cathy Jarrett, Chia Liang Kao, Ellana Kariatlis, Larissa Landinez, Eden Lennox, Luke Maninov, Jennifer Martin, Vicki Mason, Fiona Meller, Noela Mills, Helen Mok, Shan Shan Mok, Shaelene Murray, Rebecca Jane New, Yukiko Nonaka, Black Pacha, Felicity Peters, Brigitte Boutry Robinson, Kaoru Rogers, Nicole Taubinger, Mark Vaarwerk, Mel Young.