necklace by: Natasha Dusenjko

4 06 2009

I recently reviewed a wonderful exhibition by Natasha Dusenjko, ‘Babel‘ at Craft Victoria. I loved this work and it still plays in my mind – such a strong connection is a rare thing and to be valued.

While recently pottering through Craft Vic I found a necklace by Natasha that reflects the iconography of her larger work. Thanks to Kim at Clog (Craft Victoria blog) for sending me the image.

necklace, Natasha Dusenjko; image: Alexia Skok; image courtesy of Craft Victoria

necklace, Natasha Dusenjko; image: Alexia Skok; image courtesy of Craft Victoria

It’s great to see an extension of the visual to a piece made for the body. The piece has quite a different feel to the ‘Babel‘ installation. For me the difference lays in the necklace being articulated, with movement implied, and this latent potential and vibrancy is the opposite of the quiet melancholy and stoic stillness of the ‘Towers‘ piece. It is a translation from components I first saw in static form to a new more dynamic form; so it’s more about my perception, for all I know the necklace came first. Also, the colouring influences me: the black of the larger work reinforces and creates a darker mood, while the red and white of the necklace suggests life and activity.

I like the necklace and I have enjoyed thinking about the relationship between it and the larger exhibit.

Babel‘ is at Craft Victoria until 13th June 2009.

Update: I wrote this story on Monday, scheduled it to be posted on Thursday, but today (Tuesday) notice I’ve been guzumped by Clog – brilliant minds think alike!


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