It was fun to unpack the boxes of work to reveal the pieces for the exhibition. Nick and I had seen them all before in Hong Kong, but for everyone else helping it was exciting to see the works from HKBU for the first time.
There are some definite similarities between the ideas being explored through jewellery. The materials being used are diverse. And appear to be used for both their aesthetic and symbolic value. There are, as would be expected, works in metal, silver, copper, brass and gold. There are works with gem stones and enamel. But there are also pieces that feature photographs, tooth picks, desposible lighter heads, hair and throw away plastic. The works that have originated from two different university departments in different countries sit well together to make an impressive exhibition.
We are pleased to announce that the exhibition will open in the Webb Gallery at QCA soon. It will be interesting to see the works installed again in a different venue. No doubt new discussions will arise.
If you are in or around Brisbane please join us on Friday 18 September 6-8pm for the opening.
A project that has emerged from the Jewellery studios at Academy of Visual Arts, the Hong Kong Baptist University and Queensland College of Art, Griffith University - See more at: http://ava.hkbu.edu.hk/2015/05/why-jewellery-24-3052015/#sthash.fSIT4oGh.dpuf