On Thursday 24th September, the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, Western Australia (JMGA WA) members exhibition “Vision” opened at Gallery Central, North Metropolitan TAFE in Northbridge. The exhibition showcases a variety of contemporary jewellery and objects from local West Australian artisans and is on display until Friday 16th October 2020.
The theme for JMGA’s 40th Anniversary exhibition is “Vision” and as such here is my artist statement:
During the COVID pandemic and being socially distanced at home, 2020 has allowed me to be creative, use my imagination, be inspired and dream. The pieces I have created for “Vision” have focussed on the illusion of being obscured and peeling back the layers. I have taken a sustainable perspective with vision for the future. Two of my pieces use patina to cover sterling silver, with mangart (jam wood) peeking through from behind. The necklace and earrings made of kwondong (quandong) and djook (sandalwood) koondil (seeds) show hidden texture looking within. By giving the pieces Nyoongar names, I am paying respect to the traditional custodians of the land in which I work and live Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodja, Whadjuk Nyoongar Country. This aims to promote a uniting of reconciliation and the hopes of a better future together, danjoo- koorliny, walking together.