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Simon Cottrell

Jeweller  /  MunichJewelleryWeek2016
Published: 11.04.2016
Simon Cottrell Simon Cottrell
Place
ACT 2602 -  Canberra
AUSTRALIA
Mail:
simon.cottrellE-mailhotmail.com

Intro
Simon Cottrell, born in Australia. Artist who lives, and work in Camberra, Australia. Simon is the Head of the Gold and Silversmithing Workshop at the Australian National University, in Canberra. Studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University (RMITU) & at the RMIT University Melbourne, Australia. Awarded in 2012 with the Ronnie Bauer Research Alumni Prize, RMIT Gold & Silversmithing, Australia, with works in several collections.

Statement

When our senses are presented with something that is familiar and yet also ambiguous, our curiosity is triggered and sensory engagement is extended. This is because our ability to be definitive about what we are actually looking at becomes hard to bring to a clear resolve. At what point does your curiosity switch off allowing your assumptions to be viewed as fact. What can we assume to be truth in our perceptions? Can a deeper curiosity in any subject undermine our faith in our own opinions?

If there is a potential line between these objects being perceived as either one way or another, I will try to sit on that line. Where that line lies however depends very much on the attentiveness of the viewer. Hence the ambiguity here is multi-layered and shifting.

Are these pieces serious or playful? ...complex or simple? ...monotone or dynamic? ...plants or anatomy? ...Rocks or clouds?... Flowers or exploding ammunition. I am building structures, details and relationships between them that have the potential to be all of the above and many more things beyond.

All of what I have stated above is relating to the decisive cognitive aims to which I attempt to direct your sensory experience. In essence the work doesn’t aim to tell a viewer anything; more simply I want to give the wearer and the viewer a personal sensory experience, in a lasting, resonant but quiet manner. No matter how close we look ...or the angle we view them ...on what clothes or in what way we wear them, all these pieces are not conceived to be made clear sense of. Rather the aim is to offer a gentle shifting diversity of perceptual readings depending on the context. The more you look the more you see. The more that you see, the relationships between your perceptions of certain details begin to progress and change. Through this your cognitive building of linkages between sensual stimulus and applied meaning also begin to shift and change. There can be no punch line in this work although it is inevitable that your mind will attempt to find one... as it is human nature to try and make clear sense of our experiences.

The work itself is stimulated and Informed by insights into the broad phenomenology of creative process. In particular the relationships between sensation and perception. Toying with the parallels between the act of making and engaging with creative output. Being consciously aware of these processes simply enables me to get out of their way. These brooches are not ‘designed’ in a formal sense, instead they’re intuitive pieces, and each one starts from the memory of all previous works. I just sit down and down start making, while watching closely over my own shoulder.

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2021:
Exhibition  27 May 2021 - 17 Jul 2021  Body Layer; Semblance and Self.
2020:
Exhibition  17 Nov 2020 - 08 Jan 2021  Two of a Kind.
Meeting  21 May 2020 - 24 May 2020  Jewellery Symposium Haxthäuser Hof 2020: Follow your Bliss.
2019:
Exhibition  21 Feb 2019 - 18 Mar 2019  The Intangibility of Identity.
2018:
Exhibition  01 Jun 2018 - 15 Jul 2018  Aurora Australis. Contemporary jewellery from Australia.
2017:
Exhibition  29 Aug 2017 - 02 Sep 2017  Talking Points.
2016:
Exhibition  05 Aug 2016 - 02 Sep 2016  Interchange: Bilk back from Bangkok.
Exhibition  31 Mar 2016 - 14 May 2016  Interchange: Bilk in Bangkok.
Fair  24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016  Schmuck 2016.
2015:
Exhibition  12 Nov 2015 - 03 Jan 2016  From here and there.
Exhibition  07 Oct 2015 - 07 Nov 2015  To Recover.
Exhibition  06 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015  20/20: Gallery Funaki 20th Anniversary.
Exhibition  27 Jun 2015 - 19 Jul 2015  Timbre by Simon Cottrell.
Fair  11 Mar 2015 - 17 Mar 2015  Schmuck 2015.
2014:
Exhibition  02 Oct 2014 - 09 Nov 2014  Give Me A Spoon.
Exhibition  13 Aug 2014 - 13 Sep 2014  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition 2014.
Award giving  12 Aug 2014 - 12 Aug 2014  Winners of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2014.
Award  12 Aug 2014 - 13 Sep 2014  Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2014.
2013:
Exhibition  30 Nov 2013 - 23 Feb 2014  Pensieri Preziosi 9: Contemporary Australian Jewellery.
Exhibition  04 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013  Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges.
Exhibition  18 Sep 2013 - 11 Oct 2013  Simon Cottrell: Surface Depths.
Workshop  12 Sep 2013 - 14 Sep 2013  Simon Cottrell: Building the Intangible.
2012:
Exhibition  31 Jul 2012 - 18 Aug 2012  Once More, With Love.
Exhibition  19 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2012  The Year Was 2006.
Exhibition  16 Mar 2012 - 24 Mar 2012  Wittenbrink zeigt Schmuck.
Fair  14 Mar 2012 - 20 Mar 2012  Schmuck 2012.
2011:
Exhibition  23 Aug 2011 - 17 Sep 2011  Simon Cottrell: Output to Paths.
2010:
Fair  03 Mar 2010 - 09 Mar 2010  Schmuck 2010.
Exhibition  26 Feb 2010 - 10 Apr 2010  Schatzkammer Australien – Treasure room Australia.
2008:
Exhibition  06 Nov 2008 - 09 Nov 2008  Innovative contemporary jewellery.
Fair  28 Feb 2008 - 05 Mar 2008  Schmuck 2008.
Award  25 Jan 2008 - 07 Mar 2008  Refined: Abundance Jewellery Competition 2008.
2006:
Award  03 Oct 2006 - 28 Oct 2006  Gallery Funaki Award 2006.
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