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.
New Zealand-born Liv Boyle is a contemporary jeweller working in Melbourne. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) and Advanced Diploma of Jewellery Engineering, she has participated in six group exhibitions since 2013, including selection for ITAMI International Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, Japan, 2013. Her most recent exhibition (with Sam Mertens) was Undertone in Melbourne, 2016. Liv’s jewellery is reminiscent of Oceanic body adornment. Playing with our romanticism of materials, she reclaims industrial by-products and plastic debris washed up on beach tidelines, transforming everyday waste into beautiful jewellery. Liv currently works at Workshop 3000 with contemporary jeweller Susan Cohn.
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.