SPARE ROOM / 30 August to 28 September 2019 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
Currently there are more unused mobile phones per head of population in Australia. Research in sustainable practice continues to question the methods of reclaiming, reusing and recycling materials in a global economy based on built-in obsolescence. In response to the proliferation of e-waste globally, and in consideration of the processing of recyclates, artists Nicky Hepburn, Liv Boyle and Belinda Newick will explore and repurpose materials of e-waste into jewellery and objects.
Nicky Hepburn completed Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT and a Bachelor of Education in Arts and Crafts at the University of Melbourne. She has also been a lecturer in Jewellery and Metalsmithing for over 15 years. She has been involved in numerous group, solo and international exhibitions including, 2016-‘Worn Land” at FORM W.Australia currently touring, 2012-‘ Forces of Nature’ at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC, 2009 - the ‘Walk’, a NETS touring exhibition Nicky supplies and exhibits regularly at e.g.etal Gallery, and Studio Ingot in Melbourne. Nicky’s practice is currently focused on investigating the natural environment, And is based on her response to the details, light, colour and forms of the landscape.
New Zealand born cross-disciplinary artist Liv Boyle works in Melbourne, Australia. Transforming discrete materials into contemporary jewellery and object, Liv collects and re-imagines detritus that speaks of its environment. Her work investigates key ephemeral sites such as coastlines, often referencing indicator species in changing ecosystems. Collaboration underpins and enriches Liv’s research-based practice.
Liv completed a BFA in Sculpture at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2005), and an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery Engineering at Melbourne Polytechnic (2013). She has exhibited internationally, including ITAMI International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition in Japan (2017, 2013) and was a finalist for the National Contemporary Jewellery Award 2018, Australia.
Belinda Newick is a contemporary Jeweller whose work explores cultural hybridity and place. She captures the emotions, imprints and memories of life through subtle applied surface textures. Newick's maintains a diverse practice as a studio based jeweller, hand making bespoke jewellery and acupuncture tools, as well as exhibiting, curating and teaching in the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design at Melbourne Polytechnic at the Fairfield and Prahran campuses. Newick spent six years in South Australia at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design, Gray Street Workshop and Zu design jewellery + objects, before settling in Melbourne in 2005. Newick has been the recipient of two grants international grants, an Asialink Residency in Sri Lanka 2004 and another in Kerala, India 2001. She has exhibited in Asia, New Zealand and the USA and maintains an exhibition and gallery profile in Australia and overseas. Masters of Creative Industries candidate.
This exhibition is a part of Radiant Pavilion Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial.