Upcoming: Yuko Fujita ‘Kodama (return to me)’

22 06 2010

The next exhibition at e.g.etal is Yuko Fujita’s ‘Kodama (return to me)‘. Yuko was in the year above me at RMIT, and I admired the way she makes and the way she saw the place of jewellery in completing personal identity (which she was exploring at the time).

The below information about the exhibition is from e.g.etal. … it brings some very interesting images to my mind:

Melbourne jeweller, Yuko Fujita, has transformed recycled objects of distinctly domestic and ordinary origins into bold pieces of jewellery.  Fujita’s pieces herald a new beginning for these objects, while consciously reflecting on the many lives they may have had since beginning as a tree. Careful not to erase the memory of previous incarnations, Fujita has carved and chiselled each object by hand.
Responding to an inaudible echo of the forest (Kodama), Fujita’s pieces recall imaginary plants, creatures or endangered habitats. This uplifting collection of jewellery resonates with ancient themes and traditional materials while producing work that is powerfully contemporary.

Yuko Fujita is producing an exhibition of work based on wooden items she has found in op shops (bowls, spoons, clogs, etc) to make amazing pieces of jewellery. The title, ‘Kodama’, has two meanings – echo or spirit of a tree. When Yuko talks about the pieces she talks about each piece containing an echo from the tree that once was.

Her exhibition will tie in with the State of Design Festival Look.Stop.Shop program. This year the theme is “Change by Design”.

Dates: July 14 – 31 at e.g.etal, 167 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Opening night: Thursday 15 July (readers can subscribe to our mailing list to receive an invite at http://www.egetal.com.au)

Exhibition design: Katherine Bowman

image provided by e.g.etal

The round one is called “Lost World” neckpiece; bowls, spoon handle, bookend, 18ct gold, shell, 925 silver, silk code, paint. It represents a lost environment (habitat) where all life existed harmoniously and dynamically.

The second image is of “Memory Reading” neckpiece; found wooden clog, wooden spoons, 925 silver, paint. It refers to an extinct creature and its rich and various experience memories that we can no longer share.”

The pieces in the image above look like quite a departure from the work Yuko has in e.g.etal (which from memory is mainly blackened silver and beautifully mutely coloured silicon and porcelain), and I’m very interested to see the new group!

Thank you to Katherine Bowman and Steph at e.g.etal!

Update (23rd June 2010): see the update on e.g.etal website here

Update (7th July 2010): see Katherine’s blog also; and this post surprised me, as the necklace shown is so much bigger than I had imagined from the initial images (I am always amazed by the ‘scale’ of pieces in reality versus the idea I have when looking at ‘white background’ images of them!)



3 responses

15 07 2010

Just went to opening night! Went home inspired & excited.
A MUST SEE…..really original beautiful work.

We see a wooden spoon, bowl, maraccas, curtain rings & a wooden clog BUT YUKO saw something else & has breathed her unique spirit (with artistic jewellery & woodwork techniques) into these things in amazing ways – delicate japanese forest influences and stories – from a soon-to-be famous artist.


15 07 2010

Hi Vicki – it was fabulous wasn’t it!
My review is all written and set to be published tomorrow morning.
The way she speaks about her own work is so thoughtful and inspirational …

16 07 2010
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