Temporary Museum for Permanent Objects From a Foreign etc

Invitation for the exhibition

Invitation for

 

The exibition was at  MAILBOX141, 141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 17 March - April 19 2013

Then Gaffa Gallery, 281 Clarence St, Sydney. May 16-28 2013.

London Oxford Jewel

image9

Rather than lace in the original idea drawing, I used a piece of crochet I found in an opshop in Bendigo. I cut and manipulated the original daggy cotton doily into the shapes I wanted, then cast them into silver. The full pendant/brooch is connected with bolt rings so that it can be worn in parts.

Pericolo di Morte

Silver skull cufflinks Pericolo di Morte

Silver skull cufflinks. The design taken from a warning sign at Naples Harbour.

Exhibition at Mailbox 141

image10


Melbourne has many small museums. The Australasian College of Surgeons' museum has old surgical instuments and masks taken from wounded soldiers; there is an ANZ museum of money with examples of not only money but also guns used to protect money; there is a Fire Services Museum and a Victoria Police Museum and at the time of the exhibition there was also the  Melbourne Museum of Printing.

I am fascinated by museums big and small so I was  thrilled to have a (temporary) museum of my own. The collection for this museum was inspired by a trip to Europe in 2012. I have tried to capture some of the experiences in permanent pieces that celebrate and continue the journey. All the pieces are related to the trip, from the more obvious like the bangles made from ephemera from the excursion to the London Oxford Jewel which is based on what I saw in London and Oxford. All the pieces were displayed on photos that I took of clouds during the 'excursion'

Mitford Bracelet

image11

On the foreign excursion I took with my mother we did a bit of Mitford spotting, toured Chatsworth House in the Peak District, found Nancy's homes in Paris and cruised Diana and the family houses in London. The bracelet has a charm for each sister, a gem for Diana's blue eyes, a horseshoe and wooden spoon for Pamela, a ribbon and book for Nancy. Unity's is a little gun and scratched swastika, Jessica's is a scratched hammer and sickle with a coffin, and the Cavendish snake emblem for Deborah. (Now I wear the bracelet I have made the swastika into a flower) 

Pompeii Wisdom Pendant

image12

 Necklace (also a bracelet) based on the kitchen floor mosaic of Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele in Capri. The mosaic is copy of one in Pompeii showing a skeleton holding 2 jugs (one wine and one water) and said to represent Carpe Diem.