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The Poetics of Place: Contemporary Jewellery from Australia

Exhibition  /  03 Apr 2014  -  17 May 2014
Published: 10.04.2014
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Intro
The work in this exhibition is by turns bold and brash, real and imagined, soft and gentle, humorous and sad. There is poetry in our place. Australia.

Artist list

Roseanne Bartley, Helena Bogucki, Jane Bowring, Zoe Brand, Anna Davern, Bridget Kennedy, Claire McArdle, Lauren Simeoni
Contemporary jewellery practice frequently concerns itself with ideas of place – whether the position of a piece on the body or a reference to a geographic locale. The makers in this exhibition all engage with this idea. Their work imbues the notion of place with a poetry that comes from their lived experience in Australia. The Poetics of Place is a reflection on ideas posed by Gaston Bachelard in his text The Poetics of Space. In this he explores the notion of the architecture of home as an intimate space. For jewellers, the idea of home, of place, colours the essence of what we do. Through the narratives woven amongst the works by these eight Australian jewellers, stories of Australia’s history are told; its political and cultural climate is addressed. In some pieces the interior places of the body are exposed as a site for question and in others, the way that the psyche can be transformed by the placement of adornment onto the body is examined. The body becomes a site for messages, warnings; it becomes implicit in viewing and imagining. In other work the jewel’s place is not on the body at all – a brooch for a wall. A brooch that speaks more about bodies through their absence of place, the denial of permission to be worn is a powerful metaphor for political issues. Other works deal with the place of materiality in jewellery practice, its substance. The places that materials are found, along with the stories they tell and questions this may raise are negotiated. Material play is rife.

The work in this exhibition is by turns bold and brash, real and imagined, soft and gentle, humorous and sad. There is poetry in our place. Australia.

Melinda Young, curator
Roseanne Bartley. Pendant: The Beginning of I Am: Red Puck. Found hollow formed plastic objects, silk thread, glass beads. Roseanne, BartleyPendant: The Beginning of I Am: Red PuckFound hollow formed plastic objects, silk thread, glass beads. Roseanne Bartley
Pendant: The Beginning of I Am: Red Puck
Found hollow formed plastic objects, silk thread, glass beads


Roseanne, Bartley
Pendant: The Beginning of I Am: Red Puck
Found hollow formed plastic objects, silk thread, glass beads

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Helena Bogucki. Neckpiece: Storm Clouds Gathering in the Harbour. Sterling silver, brass with enamelled copper collection trays with specimens collection in Albany, WA. Helena, BoguckiNeckpiece: Storm Clouds Gathering in the HarbourSterling silver, brass with enamelled copper collection trays with specimens collection in Albany, WA. Helena Bogucki
Neckpiece: Storm Clouds Gathering in the Harbour
Sterling silver, brass with enamelled copper collection trays with specimens collection in Albany, WA


Helena, Bogucki
Neckpiece: Storm Clouds Gathering in the Harbour
Sterling silver, brass with enamelled copper collection trays with specimens collection in Albany, WA

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Jane Bowring. Object: Cult Objects and Complicated Amulets. Knitted oxidised copper. Jane, BowringObjects: Cult Objects and Complicated AmuletsKnitted oxidised copper. Jane Bowring
Object: Cult Objects and Complicated Amulets
Knitted oxidised copper


Jane, Bowring
Objects: Cult Objects and Complicated Amulets
Knitted oxidised copper

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Zoe Brand. Shoulder Piece: With the Weight of the World on Your Shoulder. Brass, paint, rope. Zoe, BrandShoulder Piece: With the Weight of the World on Your ShoulderBrass, paint, rope. Zoe Brand
Shoulder Piece: With the Weight of the World on Your Shoulder
Brass, paint, rope


Zoe, Brand
Shoulder Piece: With the Weight of the World on Your Shoulder
Brass, paint, rope

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Anna Davern. Piece: Wall Brooch 8. Masonite, re-worked biscuit tin, sublimate printed steel, paint, silver fittings. Anna, DavernPiece: Wall Brooch 8Masonite, re-worked biscuit tin, sublimate printed steel, paint, silver fittingsWall Brooch. Anna Davern
Piece: Wall Brooch 8
Masonite, re-worked biscuit tin, sublimate printed steel, paint, silver fittings


Anna, Davern
Piece: Wall Brooch 8
Masonite, re-worked biscuit tin, sublimate printed steel, paint, silver fittings
Wall Brooch
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Bridget Kennedy. Piece: The Long Hot Summer, Fragile Days-Fragile Ways. Oxidised sterling silver, cicada shell proboscises, stainless steel wire. Bridget, KennedyPieces: The Long Hot Summer, Fragile Days-Fragile WaysOxidised sterling silver, cicada shell proboscises, stainless steel wirePendant and Brooches. Bridget Kennedy
Piece: The Long Hot Summer, Fragile Days-Fragile Ways
Oxidised sterling silver, cicada shell proboscises, stainless steel wire


Bridget, Kennedy
Pieces: The Long Hot Summer, Fragile Days-Fragile Ways
Oxidised sterling silver, cicada shell proboscises, stainless steel wire
Pendant and Brooches
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Claire McArdle. Neckpiece: Public Display of Attention. Hand dyed silk. Claire, McArdleNeckpiece: Public Display of AttentionHand dyed silk. Claire McArdle
Neckpiece: Public Display of Attention
Hand dyed silk


Claire, McArdle
Neckpiece: Public Display of Attention
Hand dyed silk

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Lauren Simeoni. Neckpiece: Stick Building Green. Artificial foliage, painted brass, brass, jade, pained wood beads. Lauren, SimeoniNeckpiece: Stick Building GreenArtificial foliage, painted brass, brass, jade, pained wood beads. Lauren Simeoni
Neckpiece: Stick Building Green
Artificial foliage, painted brass, brass, jade, pained wood beads


Lauren, Simeoni
Neckpiece: Stick Building Green
Artificial foliage, painted brass, brass, jade, pained wood beads

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