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Animal, Vegetable, Mineral

Exhibition  /  28 Jan 2023  -  25 Feb 2023
Published: 23.01.2023
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Intro
Premiered last fall in Toronto at Harbourfront CentreAnimal, Vegetable, Mineral, curated by Melanie Egan, is part of Nordic Spotlights, a series of unique experiences highlighting contemporary northern arts and culture. This exhibition brings together artists from Canada, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden and Denmark.

Artist list

Bridget Catchpole, Annette Dam, Helena Johansson Lindell, Alex Kinsley Vey, Matt Lambert, Tania Larsson, Helga Mogensen, Ánne Sara Máret, Anna Rikkinen, Catherine Sheedy, Despo Sophocleous
Jewellery is one of the oldest cultural identifiers. Over 120,000 years ago, prehistoric humans engaged in 'aesthetic curiosity' (Smith 1974), adorning their bodies with shell necklaces. This human activity has endured for millennia.

Contemporary jewellery is a term widely used since the 1960s and much like contemporary art; it expands our view of society, culture, the world at large and ourselves. It differentiates itself from other craft practices because it has never been limited to one material, it can be animal, vegetable or mineral thus opening up many possibilities. Jewellery is significant for its direct associations with bodies, its ability to convey ideas at an intimate level and its movement through space and time.

Running counter to widely held ideas about what constitutes 'fine jewellery' and what represents value, these artists embrace debris and detritus; the desecrated bones of a political decision; the overlooked and undervalued; the hidden consequences; the reclaimed, restored and memorialized. Through the catalyst of contemporary jewellery, artists use materials redolent with meaning and the body as a site to confront issues of identity, social critique, and political change.
 
The curator of the exhibition, Melanie Egan, has over 35 years of experience in the field of craft and design. She is the director of Craft & Design at Harbourfront Centre: Canada’s foremost artist-in-residency devoted to ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery and design. She is a curator, organizes symposia, lectures, writes, mentors and advocates for craft & design in Canada and internationally.
 
Annette Dam. Ring: 28 Million Years AHS, 2022. 14K gold, amber, rhodochrosite, plastic, resin.. 4.5x 3 x 2 cm. Photo by: Dorte Krogh. Annette Dam
Ring: 28 Million Years AHS, 2022
14K gold, amber, rhodochrosite, plastic, resin.
4.5x 3 x 2 cm
Photo by: Dorte Krogh
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Catherine Sheedy. Brooch: S'amalgamer au Paysage 6, 2019. Sturgeon bone, coal, acrylic resin, plastic, sterling silver.. 38 x 21 x 5 cm. Photo by: Jérome Bourque. From series: S'amalgamer au Paysage. Catherine Sheedy
Brooch: S'amalgamer au Paysage 6, 2019
Sturgeon bone, coal, acrylic resin, plastic, sterling silver.
38 x 21 x 5 cm
Photo by: Jérome Bourque
From series: S'amalgamer au Paysage
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Despo Sophocleous. Pendant: Echoes, 2020. Cherry, ash, walnut, graphite, ink, cotton.. Selected as Finalists in LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2020. Category: Jewellery.. Despo Sophocleous
Pendant: Echoes, 2020
Cherry, ash, walnut, graphite, ink, cotton.
Selected as Finalists in LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize 2020. Category: Jewellery.

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Helena Lindell Johansson. Necklace: Marion I, 2022. Plastic, cotton yarn and aluminium.. 81 x 14 x 2 cm. Helena Lindell Johansson
Necklace: Marion I, 2022
Plastic, cotton yarn and aluminium.
81 x 14 x 2 cm
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Alex Kinsley Vey. Brooch: Good Times, 2022. Laser etched steel, sterling silver, 23k gold leaf.. Alex Kinsley Vey
Brooch: Good Times, 2022
Laser etched steel, sterling silver, 23k gold leaf.
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Tania Larsson. Neckpiece: Grandmother’s Flower, 2022. Traditional tanned moose hide backed with caribou hide, vintage European beads, natural yellow diamond beads, hand dyed caribou hair, sterling silver chain.. Tania Larsson
Neckpiece: Grandmother’s Flower, 2022
Traditional tanned moose hide backed with caribou hide, vintage European beads, natural yellow diamond beads, hand dyed caribou hair, sterling silver chain.
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