From the exhibition Nurture.
Capricho Azul II (a necklace f or "Ken Benrens" in Lockdown) - 2021
Masks for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change - 2022
Capricho Azul II (a necklace f or "Ken Benrens" in Lockdown) - Titanium, silver
Masks for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change - Eucalyptus leaves, cotton
Capricho Azul II (a necklace f or "Ken Benrens" in Lockdown) - 450 mm
Masks for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change - Variable
Since childhood I have harboured a long fascination with filigree jewellery and its origins. I am interested in the history, social history and technical aspects of filigree making in objects and jewellery. I apply laser welding process to a time-honoured metalsmith technique creating a new vocabulary of filaments and metals. This process allows me to consider innovative applications of new metals and materials. My current studio practice is diverse, it investigates landscape and geography as an expression of location, migration and identity. I predominantly work with reactive metals, ephemera, and silver casted native botanical specimens.
Capricho Azul II, a necklace for "Ken Behrens" in Lockdown, is a series of work developed as consequence of lockdown while in Canberra in 2021. In this work, I returned to the basic technique of filigree in titanium, creating circles as roundabouts encountered in the city, but also served as a metaphor to contingency plans developed and applied for a time.
Australia has always been at the vanguard even when wearing masks. Australia began wearing masks and respirators in the ACT early in December 2019 as the devastating fires of what it is now known as the Black Summer 2020 creeped on. Later, a global pandemic hit the world, and the face mask became ubiquitous yet required accessory for protection. In this instance, I recurred to the Eucalyptus leaf and started once again roll-printing as I did it 16 years ago. I reflect in the challenges we have ahead, and I find inspiration from the beauty found in landscape I am surrounded by.
Available for shipment or collection from 25 October 2022.
Photos: Tim Bean Photography
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