Kathryn Wardill ‘Adversity’ @ e.g.etal

25 09 2011

When I noticed that the ring in the image on the invitation included “recycled 18ct yellow gold wedding ring”, and the title was ‘Adversity‘, I felt Kathryn Wardill‘s exhibition at e.g.etal may be a very personal one. I wasn’t wrong.

exhibition media

Exhibition media:
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” (Cormac McCarthy)
For Kathryn Wardill, poor concentration and skills, a creeping lack of judgement, inability to sustain work ethics and difficulty adhering to timelines were complications encountered in the making of some 40 rings. In fact, these difficulties have indelibly influenced the nature of her new series, Adversity. This collection of rings explores the emotional and physical consequences of adversity, exploring the ways in which difficult personal situations affect the making process from a conceptual and technical perspective.

With some of the rings in the collection titled ‘Split’, ‘Red Hot Tears’, ‘Whole Split in Half’ … I felt pain. I felt that I was trespassing into the artist’s private life. Even though I of course recognise that the artist has invited us there by showing the exhibition, I actually felt a little uncomfortable and that perhaps I now ‘knew too much’ in a strange way (I’m very private, so like to treat others the same way).

exhibition media; click on image for original source

The above group, called ‘Bouquet – Flowers Fall‘, on first glance reminded me of Nina Oikawa’s claw-set work. But of course on closer consideration it is completely different – the technique and materials totally different, and their intent totally different. I am sometimes plagued by these kind of ‘reminders’ on initial glance, but am very careful to work through it to clear it and to see the new work as the artist made it.

The e.g.etal blog has an interview with Kathryn about this group of work and the exhibition here.

Adversity‘ is at e.g.etal until 1st October 2011.

Fun-day Friday

24 09 2011

Yesterday was fun-day Friday – one of my regular fortnightly days off work.
I LOVE fun-day Friday!

What did I do I hear you ask?? Well …

  • brunch with two of my beautiful studio-mates and the gorgeous Peaches and Keen
    … hence the new jewellery collection post yesterday
  • visited ‘Wondernamel‘ at RMIT First Site Gallery
    … hence a post will be published Monday
  • visited Kathryn Wardill’s ‘Adversity‘ at e.g.etal
    … hence a post will be published tomorrow
  • visited Katherine Bowman’s ‘Locutions (the loved object)‘ at Craft Vic
    … hence a post will be published Wednesday

Then a walk in the mild spring sunshine full of inspiration and art-love.

My jewellery collection #23

23 09 2011

As I wrote in my recent post about the Peaches and Keen exhibition, I have added a new Lucy Hearn (also see artist profile) piece to my collection.

That makes five! [see my collection #13, #9, #7 and #6]

beautiful Lucy Hearn necklace

I wonder if I have the largest collection of Lucy’s pieces (outside her own collection of course)!?

There is such joy and colour in this piece.
It made me smile to wear it today, especially walking in the sunshine.

Plus – it’s my 23rd piece and it’s the 23rd today – yay!

… previous post on my jewellery collection #22

Metal price update

22 09 2011

Following yesterday’s story about the stupid use of precious gold and materials, I thought I’d check out the current price of gold and silver.

My last post on metal prices was exactly 6 months ago … so what’s changed?

As at 21st September 2011:

1. Gold price in US$ for last 12 months

21st September 2011; gold in US$; click on image for original source

2. Gold price in A$ for last 12 months

21st September 2011; gold in A$; click on image for original source

This isn’t news to anyone who’s been wanting to buy gold in the last two months … but the jump since July is AMAZING and utterly ridiculous!

The key reasons for this jump may be the international nerves about the state of the European countries and their national debts, and a similar concern around the US economy. And gold is often a refuge for investors escaping from shares and currency.

So what about silver?

3. Silver price in US$ for last 2 years – so looks like the price has been around stable since April, but it’s still twice what it was a year ago.

21st September 2011; silver price in US$; 2 year graph; click on image for original source

So silver hasn’t seen the same increase in the last six months than gold … has the price affected your own practice??

Update (24th September): the gold price took a stunning tumble in recent days – see here; I’ll watch it with interest in the coming weeks.

Update (30th September): check out the price tumble!