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Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

In Between by Gussie van der Merwe and Lavinia Rossetti

Exhibition  /  02 Dec 2017  -  02 Feb 2018
Published: 28.11.2017
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A duo exhibition shows the result of South African and Italian artists' critical interpretations of Shanghai through handmade object or jewellery.

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Lavinia Rossetti, Gussie van der Merwe
Gussie van der Merwe
Shanghai is a city that is always changing, comprising of old and new; modern and traditional, Eastern and Western aspects. It is in these contrasts, in particularly the juxtaposed woven bamboo fences and modern concrete walls, where I found my inspiration for this residency.
From this starting point, my attention was drawn to other woven products that I saw around my areas such as baskets and fans. My research subsequently expanded to weaving techniques from other countries as I realised that weaving, in its various forms and materials, is visible in most cultures around the world.
This body of work is a manifestation of my experience of living in China for the last four years, my travels to other countries and my South African heritage. As a Caucasian Afrikaner born in South Africa, a by-product of European colonialism, my background is a hybrid of cultural experiences woven together. Through my work, I explore the cultural effects of an increasingly globalized world and in the process weaving together a new culture and identity - that of a global citizen.


Lavinia Rossetti
Eating is one of the natural ways to explore a new country. After arriving in China chopsticks were the first ‘tool’ of mediation between me and a new reality. These utensils became my keys for new flavours and for a new culture.
I am fascinated by the symbolic meaning as well as the aesthetic and intrinsic qualities of chopsticks.
By cutting up, interlacing, imprinting I transformed one the most common objects used to create structures that became wearable pieces inspired by my new surroundings. The work is my intuitive analysis of China and its flavours, a very fast digestion of all the visual inputs that I got during this stay.  
This body of work consists of 157 pairs of disposable chopsticks.
I collected the chopsticks that came with every take- away meal and asked the staff of the gallery to use chopsticks which were made to be washed and reused after meals.
Gussie van der Merwe. Wall piece: Untitled, 2017. Copper. 60 x 40 x 5 cm. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Gussie van der Merwe
Wall piece: Untitled, 2017
Copper
60 x 40 x 5 cm
Photo by: Zoe Zeng
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Gussie van der Merwe. Wall piece: Untitled, 2017. Copper. 60 x 40 x 5 cm. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Close up. Gussie van der Merwe
Wall piece: Untitled, 2017
Copper
60 x 40 x 5 cm
Photo by: Zoe Zeng

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Gussie van der Merwe. Bowl: Untitled, 2017. Copper. 10 x 10 x 1.5 cm each. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Gussie van der Merwe
Bowl: Untitled, 2017
Copper
10 x 10 x 1.5 cm each
Photo by: Zoe Zeng
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Lavinia Rossetti. Body piece: Safe food neighbourhood sharing, 2017. Disposable chopsticks, Chinese silk.. 170 x 30 cm. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Lavinia Rossetti
Body piece: Safe food neighbourhood sharing, 2017
Disposable chopsticks, Chinese silk.
170 x 30 cm
Photo by: Zoe Zeng
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Lavinia Rossetti. Necklace: Safe food neighbourhood sharing, 2017. Disposable chopsticks. 65 x 20 cm. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Lavinia Rossetti
Necklace: Safe food neighbourhood sharing, 2017
Disposable chopsticks
65 x 20 cm
Photo by: Zoe Zeng
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Lavinia Rossetti. Earrings: Untitled, 2017. Chopsticks imprint on fine silver and gold plating.. 6 x 6 cm average. Photo by: Zoe Zeng. Lavinia Rossetti
Earrings: Untitled, 2017
Chopsticks imprint on fine silver and gold plating.
6 x 6 cm average
Photo by: Zoe Zeng
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