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.
StatementWhen 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.
Exhibition 27 May 2021 - 17 Jul 2021 Body Layer; Semblance and Self.
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.
Lectures 19 Mar 2020 - 19 Mar 2020 Thursday Talks: Between conscious thought and intuition. The creative progression of making and of perceiving with Simon Cottrell.
Exhibition 21 Feb 2019 - 18 Mar 2019 The Intangibility of Identity.
Exhibition 01 Jun 2018 - 15 Jul 2018 Aurora Australis. Contemporary jewellery from Australia.
Exhibition 29 Aug 2017 - 02 Sep 2017 Talking Points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibition 05 Apr 2013 - 28 Apr 2013 Dialogue: International Exhibition Contemporary Jewellery by Emerging Artists.
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.
Exhibition 23 Aug 2011 - 17 Sep 2011 Simon Cottrell: Output to Paths.
Fair 03 Mar 2010 - 09 Mar 2010 Schmuck 2010.
Exhibition 26 Feb 2010 - 10 Apr 2010 Schatzkammer Australien – Treasure room Australia.
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.
Award 03 Oct 2006 - 28 Oct 2006 Gallery Funaki Award 2006.
Elvira CibottiBuenos Aires, Argentina
Kinga SulejDlutów, Poland
Felicia LiBeijing, China
Joana de Sousa HenriquesLisbon, Portugal
Linda van NiekerkTasmania, Australia
Regine SchwarzerAdelaide, Australia
Elisa Rosales JuegaBuenos Aires, Argentina
Xiaohe ShenNew York, United States
Youjin UmSeoul, South Korea
Helen Clara HemsleyCopenhagen, Denmark
Rachael ColleySheffield, United Kingdom
Karin Roy AnderssonGothenburg, Sweden
Tetyana KalyuzhnaKyiv, Ukraine
Vivienne VarayPullman, United States
Sogand NobaharMilan, Italy