Wayfaring artist biographies and statements 

 Bella Dower

 Biography

 Bella Dower is an emerging multi-disciplinary artist and designer based in Hobart, Tasmania. By drawing on a variety of materials and processes her work aims to visualiseelusive subjects, focusing on memory and temporality. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honoursin 2018 from the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media, and awards including the Cultural Environments and Heritage HonoursScholarship in 2018, the UTAS Dean’s HonourRole in 2017. Dower was recently awarded the FIND Contemporary Jewelleryx Arts TAS collective bursary grant, exhibiting in the FIND Contemporary Jewelleryspace whilst starting an Artist in Residence position at the University of Tasmania, School of Creative Arts and Media in 2019.

Artist statement

Peripheral

Peripheral lingers on the indexical and the amalgamation of memory. The indexical speaks of the physical and meta-physical traces of life; it is not an extension of reality but instead imbued with traces of reality. Using excerpts of analogue photography from my personal and found archive, the images oscillate with varying degrees of ambiguous and recognisable detail. Transferred to sheer fabric and thin ceramic decals, there is a diaristic quality to Peripheral.

I describe my work as synecdochal, pieces of a larger whole. In this sense, the every-day passing of time is seen in fragments. The materials hold an artefact quality: photography, porcelain, and fabric speak fluidly of the passing and perpetuity of time. Using processes which are imbued with the past, such as analogue photography which chemically records the temperature and light at the time of capture, it becomes a statement on the amalgamation of memory. Peripheral meditates on both the ‘memory image’, and the history of jewellery as a commemorative device. It is a contemplation on the process of remembrance and the materials which prompt us. 

Sara Lindsay

Biography

Sara Lindsay is an emerging Hobart-based artist, designer and object maker. Her work has been selected for exhibitions including the Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design in 2017 and the Hobart City Council Design Award in 2016. She received the Jim Bacon Memorial Scholarship and the Jonathan Holmes Scholarship, both from UTAS, in 2015. Sara is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at UTAS, School of Creative Arts and Media where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts(Honours) in 2015.

Artist statement

Progenitor series

In 1892 Walt Whitman wrote “Every atom belonging to me as good as belongs to you”. 

In this world where the technological is embedded in the everyday, the path of our lives is as much forged by the movement of our physical bodies through space as it is through our imagination travelling the ether.  This work tracks back a step in the evolution of 3D printing technology to its precursor, when people first imagined the accumulation of the print on paper, and speculates on the intersections of technology, the human made object and the body. 

Sarah Stubbs

Biography

Sarah Stubbs is a contemporary jeweller interested in intersections between design and visual arts. She has worked within the visual arts for the past twenty years both as a collaborative and solo artist. Sarah has had her work represented in numerous exhibitions locally and overseas including the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, West Space, Para/Site Art Space Hong Kong, Annandale Galleries, Centre for Contemporary Photography, the Ian Potter Gallery, RMIT, and Monash University’s Switchback and Faculty Gallery. Sarah is currently Lecturer at the School of Creative Arts and Media, UTAS in Hobart.

Artist statement

TRACES 
Collecting though Wayfaring
Revisiting traces of earlier ideas and actions
Casting and the unexpected
Clay and memory
Collecting Traces

Wayfaring presents a framework and mode operands to produce work which is exploratory and material-led. Central to this is the exploration of narrative jewellery and the relationship between objects and memory. I propose strategies to examine and draw into relief the material and poetic traces of place, re-imagining past lives and practices.

My methodology is cross disciplinary, bringing together placed based visual memory practice, phenomenology, and object design. 

Zoë Veness

Biography

Zoë Veness is a contemporary jeweller and object maker. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Singapore, London, Scotland, and Germany, and is held in public collections at the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia. She was a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award for PhD research at UNSW Art & Design in Sydney in 2011 and Australia Council Visual Arts Grants in 2002, 2006 and 2017. Currently a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, Zoë was previously Studio Coordinator of 3D Design at the School of Creative Arts and Media, UTAS in Hobart.

Artist statement

Wayfaring vessels

Wayfaring is an evolving series of lidded containers for an exhibition project with the same title, that are hand-fabricated from brass, copper and sterling silver. Each can be held within the palm of one’s hand and are intended to store small precious things. Nine were first created for Wayfaring in Melbourne at Radiant Pavilion in 2019 and over the summer of 2019/2020 while a bushfire was burning not far from my home on the South Coast of NSW, I made another nine containers for Wayfaring at Craft ACT in 2020. Ironically, while fire ravaged the landscape around me it was harnessed in my studio to form these works. Simple parameters were set for the project of cylindrical hollow forms with lids to focus on variations of surface detail. Each container or vessel as I also like to refer to them, is likened to a footstep that slowly shifts my practice towards a greater understanding of how to connect with a sense of time and place via objects. Assembled as a series of cylindrical forms they evoke a landscape of earthly tones and blackened surfaces. Imbued in the work is also a passion for craft skill, for the simple and ongoing challenge of making things well, of executing the perfect solder join, of finding the ideal balance between form, surface texture and utility, and of seeking simplicity through the alchemical complexity of metalsmithing.