MAKER, ARTS PROFESSIONAL AND CURATOR WITH 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE
AS A CONTEMPORARY JEWELLER, CRAFTSPERSON & ARTIST.
Having always drawn inspiration from nature, Sim's current interest is in exploring year-long time-based projects that respond to the everyday to create elevated and conceptual bodies of work. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and has work in public and private collections worldwide. She is represented by Charon Kransen, New York.
Born in 1977 in Melbourne, Sim has a European heritage with her father's side originating and living in Switzerland. She grew up in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne and was encouraged to learn and do things in a meticulous way and she approaches her creative practice this way too.
There is a sense of calm and sophistication in Sim's work—the delicacy of the forms and the attention to detail created in her signature monochromatic silver and black colour scheme. Her distinctive aesthetic embraces her love of oxidised sterling silver, along with the carefully considered additions of alternative materials, such as wood, graphite, glass, and sublimated aluminium. She transforms the materials she works with into pieces that are creative, poetic, and sensitive. 1
Nostalgia and melancholy imbue her work, which delves into nuances of the everyday and results in reflections that are conceptually engaging and beautiful. Through her work, Sim challenges her self-imposed paradigms by physically recording and recreating her daily experiences and environment, allowing her time to reflect on aspects of the human condition.
Her practice plots a course across time: examining notions of ritual, personal authenticity, and materiality—she inserts meaning at each point on a highly personal internal map. Her practice is grounded in daily routine, and the first charted position is her gaze: a still or moving image is taken, uploaded, and then distilled. A brief pause allows ideas, motifs and shapes to emerge that is translated into objects. This pause enables Sim to consider what these moments are presenting, searching for meaning in the often mundane, continually reaching for a connection between instinct (image) and intellect (object). 2
In the mid-2000s Sim began time-based, year-long, piece-a-day enquiries that attempt to find meaning in daily rituals and observations. Her object-based practice has expanded to include photography and video that she records on her camera phone. She then numbers, titles, and organises the images into monochromatic and chronological collections that she archives, forming a rich source of research material to inform new series' of contemporary jewellery.
She has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, including at Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria; Museum Bellerive, Zurich; Galerie Marzee, Netherlands; Museum Voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; Museum of Arts + Crafts, Itami; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco; SoFA New York and Chicago with Charon Kransen Arts. She has presented seven solo shows in Australia and the USA and has work in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia; Bluestone Collection, Melbourne; Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, Melbourne; and Gallerie Marzee in the Netherlands. She was the Deputy Chair at Craft Victoria for three years, stepping down in 2021.
Sim lives and works in Melbourne as a contemporary jeweller, craftsperson, and artist, while also working as Curator & Gallery Manager at Arts Project Australia and co-founder of Art et al.. Sim has over 20 years of experience as a maker, curator and arts producer..
1. Prof. Randy Long & Dr Nicole Jacquard, 2008
2. Ramona Barry, 2015
Image credit: Jack Cannon, 2022