‘Wondernamel’ @ RMIT First Site Gallery

26 09 2011

I must have missed last year’s show, but certainly made the 2009 one, and am so happy I could find the time to see the 2011 ‘Wondernamel‘ exhibition at RMIT First Site Gallery – enamelling work from students of RMIT.

installation - Aurelia Yeomans, Katie Britchford, Annie Gobel, Naoko Inuzuka

Exhibition media: “Wondernamel is an invented word based on the idea of the curiosity cabinet originally called a wonder room or wunderkammer in German. Historically the wonder room was for the collection of objects including but not limited to scientific specimens, art and antiquities. Wondernamel illustrates the joy of colour and intensity of jewellery and object making that is united by the use of enamel.

installation - Inari Kiuru, Robyn Hosking, Aurelia Yeomans, Naoko Inuzuka

When I walked out of the gallery the words that were playing in my mind were about “maturity”. This exhibition demonstrates maturity in how enamel is now being approached as a material.

There is more experimentation; more volume and three-dimensional pieces; more use of enamelling as a means to introduce colour and surface texture – as opposed to just flat pieces that appear to be simply exercises in enamelling technique and then set in a piece.

It seems to me that this exhibition speaks volumes about the evolution and ‘maturity’ of the approach to enamelling within RMIT. I was impressed and inspired!

installation: Lucinda Knight, Joelle Peters, Inari Kiuru, Lindy McSwan

Participating artists (alphabetically by surname):

  • Katie Britchford [blog]
  • Annie Gobel
  • Robyn Hosking
  • Naoko Inuzuka [site] – award winner
  • Inari Kiuru [blog] – award winner
  • Lucinda Knight [blog]
  • Wendy Korol
  • Lindy McSwan
  • Joelle Peters
  • Aurelia Yeomans [kit and caboodle profile]

installation; Wendy Korol, Annie Gobel, Lindy McSwan, Lucinda Knight

Go, it is absolutely worth a visit!

Wondernamel‘ is at the RMIT First Site Gallery until 2nd October 2011.



4 responses

29 09 2011

Inari’s work is amazing, also enjoyed Naoko’s. Ria Green’s plaster casts/wooden boxes in the Lost and Found show took my breath away…

29 09 2011

absolutely agree!
I was going to post about Ria’s work, however my images didn’t turn out 😦

30 09 2011

Damn! I was hoping you would…I blogged about Janet Echelman the other day, Love Lace looks like a must see!

1 10 2011

I have decided you’re right – a post needs to be written about Ria and Clare’s beautiful work
it will be published on Monday

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