One of my favourite places in the world is not a spot that you stand on, but rather gaze upon: the numerous mountain ranges that encircle my hometown Canberra, Australia. In their absence, I appreciate how much I miss them, and how the mountains have made a mark on me. The hills and mountainscapes are a landmark, as well and an anchor, to that place.
My practice is based in jewellery and small metals. At the core of my practice is the exploration of the connections made between objects and people; and how the object itself plays into those connections by representing on-going narratives. I am interested in the mark that the owner of an object contributes to a piece. A thread that runs through my body of work is that cherished objects, in particular jewellery, have the potential to act as a souvenir, an aides de mémoires, of a special event, beloved person, or a particular place. Through my current body of work I further explore the equally important mark the object makes upon the wearer, and viewer alike. There is a recognition that feelings for and about a specific place are deeply personal. Through this physical mark making I explored the deepening of a relationship to place. The thread of souvenir evolved from drawing on environment of a specific place for inspiration for the physical marks made. The terrain inspiration or line gestures are taken from a specific place and superimposed onto an object. What makes a souvenir powerful its removal from the origin. Whilst drawing on the dots, lines, forms, patterns and textures of a specific place to create the objects, there is an understanding that in the same moment these locations pattern our emotions and memories. My hope is that by gazing at these objects the viewer is transported to a specific place, and are reminded that they are connected to the ground on which you stand and the world at large.
18/10/2018 - 20/10/2018