2011 Brooch Fine + sterling silver, plastic plant, oxidised 71 x 93 x 28mm Edition 1 of 1
Somewhere there exists... #1 from the series Somewhere there exists... TRAVELLING TO NEW ZEALAND IN 2013! First exhibited in Unnatural Acts at Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, US. Also exhibited in Unnatural Acts @ Craft, Melbourne, AU. Curated by Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young.
'Somewhere there exists...' series will feature in the upcoming Unnatural Actsexhibition at Craft Victoria in late 2012.
"Contrary to the ordinary course of nature, the series Somewhere There Exists… does. Exist I mean. Where once there was merely a collection of artificial bits-and-bobs (having received them in the mail), there now exists a collection of jewellery pieces that would never otherwise have existed. If it weren’t for the project Unnatural Acts, I would not have been lead down a garden path of imagination and promise: to create a new, small collection of work in response to a bag of colourful unnatural plant-like forms, for an international group exhibition. Somewhere There Exists… is a visual bite of a bigger idea that is slowly evolving. Not dissimilar to several smaller pieces I created in my 2007-08 piece-a-day project The Temporary Nature of Things, this series is, however, a slight departure from recent work. While continuing to inform the overarching theme of my current exploration Melancholy Series, this collection is much more playful. Melancholy Series has a darker tone: it poetically explores notions of beauty, nostalgia and passing time, questioning how the creation of objects can guide or replace memory. While, Melancholy Series alludes to forms found in nature, deliberately abstracting them to de-familiarise the familiar, this series explores the imaginary by creating new, unnatural jewellery from silver, wood and plastic. Essentially these are objects of frippery and decoration, born in response to thinking “somewhere there exists...”. Sim Luttin, 2011