. Inscription & Place
a poetic exploration of place, family and objects
told through contemporary jewellery
. 22 June - 22 October 2017
. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery
During 2016/2017 CUSP worked with the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Collection to explore the materiality and sensory experience of history and place and how this can be reinterpreted, reframed and contextualised through the jewellery object.
The exhibition work focuses on the traces revealed, layered lives, much of which is unseen or only partly visible to the external observer. Glimpses of domestic and working lives have been gained from diaries, letters, photographs and available official documentation. Death and mourning have centre stage in the lives examined but so do independence, fortitude and family connection.
What has arisen from this process of exploration is contemporary jewellery which fuses forms and materials from the Collection, traces of the lives of the women, references to their family history and an overlay of elements from the artists’ own family lives or connection to place.
By using a diversity of materials, techniques and ways of conceptualising the meaning of an object these works demonstrate the multiple ways that contemporary jewellery can respond to history, place, objects and stories of lives long gone.
brass, antique black cards, antique Japanese, gold lacquered silk, coin, pvc netting, Japanese lacquer