Ancient Echoes... Future Visions
May
22
to Jun 23

Ancient Echoes... Future Visions

  Ancient Echoes...Future Visions , 2018. Image courtesy the artists

Ancient Echoes...Future Visions, 2018. Image courtesy the artists

Ancient Echoes...Future Visions
22 May - 23 June 2018
Alice Chalmers, Anica Costa and Fiona Fitzgerald


Memories from the past can be confronting, intriguing, awe inspiring, and act as a great catalyst for healing.

How we process and learn from them in this life can challenge and inspire us to forge something new.

Shaped by the generations and lives that came before, we often create in response to cycles of life, death and rebirth, from both the ancient and the expanse of unlimited possibility; our future visions.

Focusing on how the sun and moon have inspired ancient civilisations over eons as custodians of these cycles, this body of work is a modern representation of these primordial forces.


Influenced by astrology and other esoteric systems, Alice Chalmers’ contemplative approach to hand crafting jewellery imbues each piece with its own unique and tangible spirit. Originally having a background in illustration and watercolour, distilled line and symbology feature heavily, creating the sense of having captured something expansive.

“I am interested in how we invest meaning in objects, how we put a feeling into something we can touch. There is something alchemical in the process of making that lives on within the item. I make for those who might find resonance with some part of that magic.”

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Traversing the infinite, Anica Costa’s work explores the intersection of the fantastical, the ancient and the far reaching futures. Her elegant and earthy pieces are the product of her affinity with the natural world.  Embracing past lives, the sun and moon speak to her through archaic echoes and future visions. Evoking the adornments of ancient civilisations and fantasy realms, her hand crafted creations aim to bring a sense of wonder and adventure.

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Borne from past life memories and experiences gained as an energetic healer, Fiona Fitzgerald’s jewellery is symbolic of the exploration of once splintered facets.

Seeking to restore lightness and counterbalance the often solemn nature of healing, each piece represents a point in time, acceptance, making whole and way for the new.
In opposition to the sentimentality often associated with jewellery, Fiona’s work is created to respect passage and release.

“I’m interested in the elaborate, transformative and storytelling qualities of jewellery, it’s weight as an observer, companion and almost epibiont in the life of it’s wearer.”

 

 

 

 

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Small Victories
Jun
26
to Jul 28

Small Victories

 Kirsty Macafee,  Small Victories , 2018. Image courtesy the artist

Kirsty Macafee, Small Victories, 2018. Image courtesy the artist

Small Victories
26 June - 28 July
Kirsty Macafee

 

Small Victories explores, through actions of tension and balance the relationship of contemporary women to ‘the glass ceiling’ or ‘labyrinth’.

The hand spun thread used throughout this installation appropriates the words of contemporary women in positions of leadership. Once printed the text has been hand spun on a drop spindle to form a reformatted image thread.

Small Victories negotiates perspex obstacles using the text thread so that the thread appears to both support and navigate around, through or over it. The thread necessarily bends to accommodate the barriers while gently testing the boundaries of a supportive exhibition space.

 


Kirsty Macafee lives and works in Melbourne. Her work is mostly sculptural and often engaged in themes of loss and abundance as she explores parallels between the way that images function in a digital networked culture and being. Kirsty’s practice is engaged in post-photographic and feminist maternal discourses. She draws on her multiple histories as crafter, mother and photographer and finds her practice at the intersection of these influences – seeking to reveal the invisible. Recently she has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Contemporary Textile Award, the 2017 Victorian Craft Awards and was commissioned to make work for the Museum of Australian Democracy.

Kirsty graduated from RMIT with first class honours in 2016.

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Memories of Landscape
Jul
31
to Sep 1

Memories of Landscape

 Jill Symes,  Heart of Gold,  2018  (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Jill Symes, Heart of Gold, 2018  (View#1). Image courtesy the artist

Memories of Landscape
31 July - 1 September
Jill Symes

Inspired by years of travel in outback, desert, bush coast, I continue to explore forms inspired by ancient Australian landscapes to express my strong feelings of connection to the natural world.

The use of handcrafting methods allow me to feel the natural rhythms of nature’s earth material, to explore the tactility of the clay and respond to it as a medium.

When the finished form is dry, porcelain slips coloured with oxides and stains are expressionistically painted onto the surface. The firing and final glazing reveals the layers of colour and movement in form, edge and surface, achieving a tactile combination of soft lines, natural curves and a sense of immediacy in the work.

Works from old to new are presented in Vitrine as punctuation moments from memories of landscape connections over time.


Jill Symes is a Melbourne-based ceramic artist producing a continuously developing body of distinctive ceramic works which demonstrate developed handbuilding skills and a mature understanding of the exciting possibilities of earthenware clays and glazing techniques.

Symes has an intensive national and international presence spanning the past 30 years. Exhibitions include but are not limited to Women in the Whitehorse Art Collection 2018, Victorian Craft Award 2015, Big Ceramics 2014 (Craft sponsored exhibition in Federation Square), Moments in Time 2014 (Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney), Fragments of Landscape (Kazari Collector, Melbourne 2010), Impressed, Contemporary Australian Ceramics (2006, New Delhi Pottery, India). Her work is in numerous public and private collections, Australia- wide and world-wide, and recent commissions include limited edition sculptures for the NGV Design Store.

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SEA SHAPE
Sep
4
to Oct 6

SEA SHAPE

  SEA SHAPE , 2018. Image courtesy the artists

SEA SHAPE, 2018. Image courtesy the artists

SEA SHAPE
4 September - 6 October 2018

Curated by Sarah Heyward

Anna Davern; Liv Boyle; Emma Grace; Laila Costa; Melinda Young; Pennie Jagiello; Claire Brooks; Laura Eyles and Bridget Kennedy

In the group exhibition SEA SHAPE, contemporary jewellery artists reflect on our relationship with the sea: what we take out, what we learn, and what we return.

The shape of our seas is changing; our shores are now much more than where land meets sea. Our beaches are a place of return for discarded human made plastics. The devastating effect on sea life is reflected in the amount of plastic ingested by marine life and seabirds. Australia’s relationship with our pacific neighbours is littered with ongoing disputes over resources rights, as well as great floating islands (gyres) of plastic, brought together by ocean currents. The majority of plastic debris in the sea ultimately finds its way into one of the great swirling gyres, the largest of which is the great North Pacific garbage patch. Most of these gyres exist in international waters, which makes clean up no one nation’s responsibility.

Curated by Sarah Heyward, artists Anna Davern; Liv Boyle; Emma Grace; Laila Costa; Melinda Young; Pennie Jagiello; Claire Brooks; Laura Eyles and Bridget Kennedy will work with discarded plastics and marine debris but are also invited to work with non-plastic materials in response to the shape of our seas and our relationship with the waters in between Australia an our pacific neighbours.


Artists involved are a diverse group of established contemporary jewellers from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. Materials used by these artists are not restricted to traditional materials of jewellery but varied, intelligent and thoughtful. While artists Pennie Jagiello, Claire Brooks; Anna Davern, Melinda Young and Liv Boyle have been working with marine debris in their work for some time with some evocative and reflective pieces resulting; other artists involved in the proposed SEA SHAPE have collected marine debris from across the globe to use in their works for this show.

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Mascots
Oct
9
to Nov 10

Mascots

 Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent,  Croissant Chef.  Image courtesy the artist

Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent, Croissant Chef. Image courtesy the artist

Mascots
9 October - 10 November 2018
Cat Rabbit and Andrea Innocent

Cat Rabbit, known for her plush characters who inspire good feelings, and Andrea Innocent, known for her character design and emotive illustrations, have come together to create a series of ‘Everyday Anxieties Mascots’. Each mascot, supports a particular feeling/mood/anxiety produced by modern living and the human condition. We imagine these could become a sort of talisman to the anxious and the introverted, to those who find the world overwhelming and confusing at times. Let’s face it, that is most of us. Our various characters so far include the ‘Should I follow my dreams’ mascot for those of us stuck in dead end dreams and are challenged by the thought of breaking free and just doing our own thing. The ‘New mother’ mascot for the anxiety ridden months pre and post birth, a character who understands that at 3am you may need to google ‘how to make a baby go to sleep!’. The ‘I’d rather be with my pets’ mascot for those times you have actually left the house to go to a social event and are at a party talking to someone you really don’t know and wishing they were as interesting as your sleeping cat but instead they are experts at boring chit chat.

We’ll be creating the mascots collaboratively and using their signature mediums of felt and illustration to build tactile sculptures akin to a comforting bear or favourite toy, these mascots have with them the right tools to help soothe the anxious individual as well as encourage them to tackle the problem or just escape it all together! They are the perfect size to sit on your shoulder and whisper in your ear ‘it’s gonna be ok’.

Mascots will be an ongoing collaboration with new iterations created in the future. We also intend to create a series of mascot swap cards, which will be included with each mascot and also sold separately.



Cat Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist and designer. Cat shares a fluff-filled home studio with her cat, Porco. and makes plush sculptural works of her imagined characters and the worlds they might live in. Cat also make books for Children and other fantastical artworks with her collaborator Isobel Knowles under the name Soft Stories.


Andrea Innocent began illustrating professionally in 2006 and became a member of The Jacky Winter Group in Melbourne in 2007, since that time she has also given talks and workshops on all sorts of topics related to illustration and design, such as professional practice, drawing, marketing and character design.

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