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Body Layer; Semblance and Self

Exhibition  /  27 May 2021  -  17 Jul 2021
Published: 17.06.2021
Lauren Kalman. Body piece: device for filling a void, 2019. Gold-plated electroformed copper, brass.. Lauren Kalman
Body piece: device for filling a void, 2019
Gold-plated electroformed copper, brass.
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Intro
In this exhibition, 12 significant Australian and International artists have 'unpacked' the semblance of self through jewelry, by pushing beyond the limits of material and standards for jewelry.

Artist list

Roseanne Bartley, Zoe Brand, Liesbet Bussche, Jing He, Cara Johnson, Lauren Kalman, Matt Lambert, Claire McArdle, Kristina Neumann, Tiffany Parbs, Halie Rubenis

This exhibition presents the works of 12 significant Australian and International artists who have 'unpacked' the semblance of self through jewelry, as a highly focused activity of visualizing, materializing, and articulating possibilities of self-knowing. Communicating extremely diverse liminal qualities, traits, or viewpoints of what it is to be a living social human. Once willfully applied/connected to the relationally active body of a wearer, the nuanced signifiers within these works activate a communication of self, on self. This highly specific action is at the fundamental core of what is jewelry.

These artists push beyond the familiar constraints of conventional physical jewelry formats. And, toward outcomes more precisely aligned with the specific communicative possibilities of jewelry. Through their expanded propositions each of these artist's works also hints at what may be missing from the dominant globalized preconception of 'jewelry as merely a trend-based decorative object, ie, that conveying one's true self through jewelry can be a means of heightening compassionate understandings of each other. Moreover, that the action of socially acknowledging the breadth and diversity of human identity can enable a more equitable and cohesive society.


To read more about the exhibition, the full essay by the curator click the link below: Full Essay.
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Roseanne Bartley. Object: Manual, How to Make a daisy Chain, 2017-20. Roseanne Bartley
Object: Manual, How to Make a daisy Chain, 2017-20
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Zoe Brand. Brooch: What happens after this, 2015. 16 Colour printed images, ABS plastic display.. Zoe Brand
Brooch: What happens after this, 2015
16 Colour printed images, ABS plastic display.
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Jung He. Video Installation: Potential Pin, 2015. Photo by: Liao Fan. Video still.
.  . Jung He
Video Installation: Potential Pin, 2015
Photo by: Liao Fan
Video still.
 
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Liesbet Busche. Object: Streets and Stones, 2018. Stone. Liesbet Busche
Object: Streets and Stones, 2018
Stone
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Claire McArdle. Installation: PLY performance still, 2019. Performance. Claire McArdle
Installation: PLY performance still, 2019
Performance
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Tiffany Parbs. Body piece: Worn, 2018. From series: Smother. Tiffany Parbs
Body piece: Worn, 2018
From series: Smother
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Halie Rubenis. Object: Legacy Left, 2021. Abalone shell.
.  . Halie Rubenis
Object: Legacy Left, 2021
Abalone shell.
 
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Edward Cabral. matt lambert. Object: Cake, 2021. Jacquard loom tapestry. . Edward Cabral
matt lambert
Object: Cake, 2021
Jacquard loom tapestry. 
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