Child's Play by South Australian artist Jess Dare
“Since becoming a parent, my children and their influence in my life is visible in my practice. Watching them grow, learn and understand, witnessing how they are in the world, their unconditional love, insatiable curiosity and awe is inspiring.
I think one of the most joyful things about the jewellery and metal working skills I have acquired over the years is helping to turn my children’s drawings and ideas into tangible three dimensional objects. I love seeing their eyes light up with awe and delight when they can hold their own ideas in their hands, turn them over and sometimes even wear them.
This family of crowns are translations of a paper flower crown my son made, with its poppies coloured in scribbly red and each hand cut flower barely clinging on with sticky tape, makeshift, fragile and precious. The flower shapes on each crown have been taken from my son’s flower drawings over the years, a curious observer. They are playful, innocent reminders of childhood play, of lying on the floor surrounded by paper, incomplete drawings, scribbles, textaswith missing lids, scissors, stapler, coloured pencils, chaos, fun, wonder and a moment’s quiet concentration.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Jess Dare is a contemporary jeweller and partner of Gray Street Workshop (est.1985). She works predominately in glass using lampworking techniques and non precious metal. Her exhibition work is influenced by nature, botanical specimens and memory. Jess uses nature as a metaphor to investigate concepts of the fragility and transience of memory. To her, flowers are a constant reminder that life is ephemeral, ever changing, momentary and precious.
ABOUT GRAY STREET WORKSHOP:
Established in 1985, by Anne Brennan, Catherine Truman and Sue Lorraine, Gray Street Workshop is a collectively run studio and access facility for artists working in the field of contemporary jewellery and object making. The uncompromising commitment of this group of artists to their work and to a studio-based practice has enabled Gray Street to evolve into one of Australia's most exciting and respected workshops.
THIS PIECE IS PART OF THE EXHIBITION 'THE WONDER OF THINGS HELD'
THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL APRIL 16th, 2024. ANY SOLD WORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR COLLECTION OR DELIVERY IN THE WEEKS FOLLOWING THIS DATE.
1: 170 x 160 x 90mm
2: 190 x 190 x 90mm
3: 160 x 160 x 92mm
4: 150 x 150 x 90mm
5: 145 x 160 x 70mm
6: 170 x 170 x 95mm
Materials: Powder coated brass
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