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My collection of adornments An unopening (hammer and needle) is  available at Corowa Jewellery, Sanger Street COROWA NSW. Mon – Fri 9-5pm and Sat 9 -12pm.

Unopened but installed…

The opening of my collection of work, An Unopening ( hammer and needle) that was scheduled for 5pm onwards tonight(28 May) at Corowa Jewellery is postponed due to the COVID pandemic lockdown in Victorian and associated rules and reasons for leaving our homes et al.

However, the work is installed and you can see it if you are in NSW( During Corowa Jewellery regular opening hours). Victorians will just have to wait a little while longer… The work will be in Corowa Jewellery for the month of June.

 
 

I really appreciate and am grateful for  all the support, care and checking in I’ve received since yesterday-  so fricking special…such awesomeness and yes I can’t wait to catch up on the other side of it!

 
Yes … it does suck… it is frustrating… but also …IT IS WHAT IT IS given the COVID pandemic space and time that we live in. I feel extremely fortunate to be where I am at and how placed, in the overall story/situation of the pandemic…no doubt.
 
The premise for the work is about an unopening – about being in an in-between , liminal space and current circumstances are well… they are amplifying that.
 
If you are in NSW and would like to go see it during open hours at Corowa Jewellery… and if you feel you want to chat, talk about celebrate it, give me feedback, buy stuff like you might do at an opening event… you still can.
 
Get in touch this week even… if you like… I can do remote chats…🤓
OR when this lockdown is over I can meet you over in Corowa for a cuppa and a look see and chat.There may even be a rescheduled “opening” event … 

Image above: Sisters (doing it for themselves) 2021. Co-created with my sister Philena Morkel- making do(ing), beads from scraps and tangles during lockdowns and being unopen et al.

An unopening (hammer and needle)

An unopening…

Something not open…

Locked down…
Isolated…
Relocated…

Unopen … unhinged…
The same… but not the same
Familiar but not.
…Unopen

The time between what was and what’s next
A liminal space.
Time to rethink…

I have a hammer and a needle…

Force, disperse, reshape, nurture, mend and repair… I think I can.

This work is about…

1) starting with things that are unopen

a scrap
a tangle
a remnant
a fragment
a broken string of…

things that might otherwise be discarded or forgotten or caught in between worthy and worthless

2) the act of making with processes that I love.

Metalwork and sewing anchor me in an otherwise threshold space.

The rules I make up … anchor me…
Only used, nothing new
Recycle, upcycle, repurpose,
Kept and collected, found and gifted…Vintage.

Did I just describe myself?

I am rediscovering what’s precious…

What’s next is unclear … except that I choose to be unopen to returning to the same

 
 

Conversations with Anxiety I, II and III

Through making I explore boundaries between self and the world – opportunities to connect memories, emotions, and everyday happenings through making, story and objects.

Positioned somewhere between object, adornment and the performative, these pieces seem out of place with expectations of the form and function of rings. Presented here,disconnected from body- familiar but odd – the sense that anxiety can bring. And when worn?

Conversation 1 ( 20/20 Vulnerability) … tension between vulnerable and awkward, between fragility and strength. Clarity. A physical reminder of ever-present unease and the irritation that anxiety sometimes likes to wear. I wonder, in current “challenging times” who will be brave enough to recognise the signs with compassion and kindness?

Conversation 3 (Incongruent) …components balance – ring upon a ring. Circle /encircle/…a circus even. Moving parts for nervous fiddling. Self – talk. Awareness. Anxiety can sometimes be a superpower!

Conversation 2 (One ring to conceal and reveal) Ludicrous propositions… fight or flight?… concealment/revealment?… with a face that likes to wear my heart on its sleeves and this body? Who am I kidding?

This work will be on exhibition at the Arts Rutherglen , Rutherglen Tastes of Art prize and show 5- 14 March 2021.

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