Sunday, February 5, 2012

New work by Anna Davern

Anna Davern has a new exhibition opening in Sydney this coming week.

It is at Studio 20/17 and runs from 7 - 25 February 2012.

If I was in Sydney this is where I would be. 

Gold and Steel are materials that are intrinsically tied to stories of our culture and how we define ourselves. Our cultural myths abound with references to gold and steel: Our egalitarian heritage that can be tied back to the Gold Rush and it’s opportunities for all, and the steel of Ned Kelly’s armour which represents our distrust of authority. The landscape from which these materials originate, is a defining element of our identity, from the iron-oxide red of the centre to the golden sands of its edges.

Anna has long been interested in the concept of Australian identity and the role jewellery has to play in the expression of this identity. Recent investigations into the role of landscape in the definition of our identity have taken her work off the body and onto the wall. With this new work, Anna plans to use of the materials of gold and steel to put the landscape onto the body.

from Studio 20/17

I have been lucky enough to see this work in progress.
This is a quiet and powerful body of work.
Quiet, because the colours are subdued and considered. There are no extraneous details to take away from the subject matter and the materials. Both are left to speak for themselves.

Anna will be in Sydney for the opening and the artist talk. Details can be found here 

all images by Anna Davern

The Davernator better get back to Melbourne tout sweet, as Northcity4 needs her.