Alternative Views by Jo Hawley & Larah Nott
Exhibition / 14 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
- Helen Aitken-Kuhnen, Johannes Kuhnen, Mio Kuhnen
Larah Nott and Jo Hawley are both relatively new artists at Bilk, however they are not new to each other having studied together in Victoria many years ago. Nott moved to the ACT and is currently based in Canberra, while Hawley works from her studio in Central Victoria. These jewellers share a similar delight in the process and materials of their practices, while also exploring the area of architectural spaces within their jewellery.
Artist listJo Hawley, Larah Nott
Nott’s interest in the floor plans of Concert Halls is directly related to the miniature dimensional models she constructs. Using titanium as her primary material, Nott exploits the feather light nature of the material to create her monuments for the body.
Nott explains, I have been exploring and collecting floorplans and information about concert halls for the last ten years. Often seen as elitist I want to encourage and promote access to all people whatever their background, so we can all experience this wonderful immersive environment. I believe the concert hall is an excellent example of a completely immersive space, similar to a church where it has been designed for a specific purpose. This current body of works is developed from the ongoing Concert Hall series of brooches that showcase what lies beneath the structures and also to start conversations about these spaces.
Hawley takes a more abstracted approach to her forms, and explores the concept of internal and external spaces created from de/constructed domed circles. Hawley refers to her work as ‘multicomponent pieces’, often pairing works together to extend the dialogue that is created between pieces.
Hawley says For several years I have been exploring the possibilities of a relatively simple shape - a domed circle. Cutting and reconfiguring this shape, creating new shapes along the way and constructing, in some cases, quite complex pieces from the repetition of this simple initial building block and the shapes/components that I create from it. I often describe the pods and half shells as being letters, the ‘components’ as words. This has become my language - my way of expressing myself and how I see the world.
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