Opening Night October 1, running until October 29
M1: unnatural, naturally
Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young
With a delight in finding expressions of the ‘natural’ in the ‘unnatural’ (and vice versa), Simeoni and Young exploit the potential of found objects in their work, playing with colour and materiality. The conceptual ideas for this exhibition have been developed using a shared sketchbook, which migrates back and forth between their studios. The exhibition features work with a focus on botany and the body – re-presenting and re-configuring natural forms via artificial conduits. Creating, utilising and manipulating non-specific artificial objects: changing the unnatural to the natural, the artists have developed playful bodies of new work which speak to each other through an excited engagement of ideas and material sensibility.
Lauren Simeoni (Adelaide) and Melinda Young (Sydney) create work that is a homage to the senses - a wearable passport to a whimsical ‘other’ reality. Exploring the potential for unexpected narrative, their works often have a sly subversive humour. Finding the beautiful and seductive in what is otherwise thought of as mundane, toying with mass-production processes and reconfiguring mass-produced objects to create wearables of seductive beauty. Simeoni has a Bachelor of Arts (Gold and Silversmithing) from Canberra School of Art and undertook a Design Associateship at the JamFactory in Adelaide. Young has a Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts. Both artists exhibit widely in Australia and overseas.
M2: Layer upon layer
Notions of landscape and habitation are constantly present in Taylor’s thoughts, an abstracted dialogue in response to socially constructed space, spatial boundaries and the delimitation of borders. Existing alongside daily life, these elements quietly inform the dialogue of her practice.
Taylor is interested in our natural instincts. Instincts pertaining to habitation and progression and all the accessories required, affecting changes in our landscape over time, thinking of the many hands that have contributed to change and of the history shared by the landscape and its people. The balance of two has a constant presence in her objects; she aspires to represent both sides of the story.
Each piece is introduced though its title, the story has already been told, for the viewer, it is just the beginning – a conversation yet to be had.
Taylor studied gold and silversmthing at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and undertook an associateship within the JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design Metal studio in Adelaide. She has been represented by Alternatives Contemporary jewellery gallery, Italy at Collect 2008 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Lauren Simeoni neckpiece and Melinda Young brooch
Lauren Simeoni Winter neckpiece, Melinda Young Pink Lung brooch
Michelle Taylor, Changing Faces, brooch
Michelle Taylor, From One..., rings