Regular readers will know of my bold parochial support of the beautiful souls I studied my RMIT degree with … and it’s with immense pleasure I visited one of our number’s PhD exhibition today.
Nicole Polentas has studied with passion and intense commitment for just over ten years now, and it is beyond incredible to see selected pieces from over the years in one place: ‘Reinventing a Sense of Place. Crete and the Jewellery Object‘.
It was unexpected, but I confess I was a little emotional walking through the exhibition. I remembered the first time Nicole experimented with her now-signature text ribbons; there are only a few moments when you can say you were there to witness the start of something beautiful.
The pieces are without question extraordinary; the exhibition design gorgeous and perfect.
I completely adore the constructs that underpin the front-facing elements … clean lines and beautifully executed. And her exploration of more colouring in her work is promising and brings an extra dimension; I especially like the pinks and greens. The materials listing is interesting in that it includes ‘Greek coffee’ and I wondered where it was used, perhaps in the resin components?
The work is personal; the stories close to the surface; her sharing generous and genuine; her intent clear.
I must admit to perhaps being too close to Nicole and her work to give an objective reading of the exhibition [though in reality, I rarely give objective do I(!)]. I think that knowing the artist means I see more layers in the work than a new observer may (maybe) and am too connected to be able to offer anything other than superlatives.
I do hope that in time her exegesis will be available for public reading.
I offer Nicole my warmest heartfelt congratulations and look forward to seeing her continued explorations and shows!
‘Reinventing a Sense of Place. Crete and the Jewellery Object‘ was a one-night-and-day only (examination) exhibition.
Please also see:
- Artist Profile: Nicole Polentas (May09)
- Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables 2009 (Sep09)
- ‘XAOS‘ @ Hellenic Museum (Apr10)
- her presentation as part of RMIT seminar ‘Jewellery Practice as a Site of Enquiry‘ (Aug10)
- Nicole Polentas & Christopher Earl Milbourne ‘Psychomanteum‘ @ Counihan Gallery (Oct11)
- if you search for Nicole’s name on my blog you get 12 pages of results – that’s how much I write about her and how many times she’s included in various exhibitions; the above listing includes the major solo posts
Please click below to read more of the media release (from her Events page):