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Jess Dare: The Nature of Memory – Jewellery & Objects

Exhibition  /  02 Apr 2013  -  20 Apr 2013
Published: 15.03.2013
Studio 20/17
Management:
Bridget Kennedy and Melanie Ihnen
Jess Dare. Piece: Conceptual Flowering Plant, 2013. Lampwork glass. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Piece: Conceptual Flowering Plant, 2013
Lampwork glass
photograph by Grant Hancock
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“In this exhibition I aim to express the ephemeral nature of memory through the fragility of glass and nature itself.” - Jess Dare 

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Jess Dare
Jess Dare’s exhibition, ‘The Nature of Memory’ explores the fragility of memory through a series of delicate glass plant specimens. Her interest in our innate human desire to preserve the natural world is realized throughought this series of miniatures and wearable objects. “In this exhibition I aim to express the ephemeral nature of memory through the fragility of glass and nature itself.”

Dare’s work references the idea that life, like memory is fleeting and fragile. She laments that the beauty and detail is often compromised when trying to replicate the intricacies of natural forms, with the exception of the Blaschka’s hyper-realistic glass models in The Natural History Museum at Harvard University. These exceptional pieces of glasswork have strongly influenced Jess Dare’s practice to date and she feels a connection within this current series to the documentary detail of these botanical models.

The series itself is composed of objects and wearable items, miniature glass succulent forms that are silicon moulded and cast in silver; transforming the delicate, fragile glass with its lustrous colour into sturdy, cold and almost lifeless silver replicas. Jess Dare explores the botany of the mind, accentuating the transience of memory through her intricate and fantastical miniatures.
Jess Dare. Brooch: Drawn Epicormic Series, 2013. White powder coated brass and copper, stainless steel, sterling silver, lamp work glass. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Brooch: Drawn Epicormic Series, 2013
White powder coated brass and copper, stainless steel, sterling silver, lamp work glass
photograph by Grant Hancock
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Jess Dare. Piece: Conceptual Flowering Plant, 2013. Lamp work glass. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Piece: Conceptual Flowering Plant, 2013
Lamp work glass
photograph by Grant Hancock
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Jess Dare. Brooch: Xylem Series, 2013. White powder coated brass and sterling silver, stainless steel. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Brooch: Xylem Series, 2013
White powder coated brass and sterling silver, stainless steel
photograph by Grant Hancock
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Jess Dare. Neckpiece: Xylem Series, 2013. White powder coated brass. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Neckpiece: Xylem Series, 2013
White powder coated brass
photograph by Grant Hancock
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Jess Dare. Neckpiece: Xylem, 2013. White powder coated brass, stainless steel. photograph by Grant Hancock. Jess Dare
Neckpiece: Xylem, 2013
White powder coated brass, stainless steel
photograph by Grant Hancock
© By the author. Read Klimt02.net Copyright.
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