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Lina Peterson: Imagined Objects of Desire

Exhibition  /  11 Oct 2011  -  04 Dec 2011
Published: 08.10.2011
Röhsska Museet
Management:
Ted Hesselbom
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(...)The museum objects help us understand the lives of our ancestors, but they can  also confuse and lead us astray. I was interested in highlighting this  idea of the unknown and the feeling of discovery associated with  archaeology.(...)

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Lina Peterson
The  pieces made for the exhibition were made between March and August 2010 as part of a museumaker commission for the University of Nottingham Museum of  Archaeology. They were inspired by objects from the museum’s  collection, which holds a wide variety of artefacts covering a 500 000 year  period.
I chose to work with both beautifully preserved pieces on display in the museum  and with unrecognisable fragments kept in the museum’s basement. The museum objects help us understand the lives of our ancestors, but they can  also confuse and lead us astray. I was interested in highlighting this  idea of the unknown and the feeling of discovery associated with archaeology. By placing my objects next to the museum pieces it is my hope that the viewer will look at the museum artefacts in a different light  and to take a deeper interest in them.
The  final objects are what I call ‘hybrid-artefacts’, part ancient, part new. I hope that they are intriguing, humorous and playful, with each piece in a sense a collaboration between the original maker and myself.
 
Lina Peterson, September  2010
Lina Peterson. Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010. Painted wood, bronze. Lina Peterson
Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010
Painted wood, bronze
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Lina Peterson. Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010. Silver, painted wood, re-constituted coral beads. Lina Peterson
Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010
Silver, painted wood, re-constituted coral beads
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Lina Peterson. Necklace: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010. Bronze, painted wood, acrylic, enamel on silver, thread. Lina Peterson
Necklace: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010
Bronze, painted wood, acrylic, enamel on silver, thread
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Lina Peterson. Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010. Oxidised silver, felt, wool, 18ct yellow gold. Lina Peterson
Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010
Oxidised silver, felt, wool, 18ct yellow gold
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Lina Peterson. Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010. Brass, wool, silk thread. Lina Peterson
Brooch: Imagined Objects of Desire, 2010
Brass, wool, silk thread
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