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Manon van Kouswijk & Roseanne Bartley
11 Nov – 29 Nov 2014
Roseanne Bartley and Manon van Kouswijk are both active practitioners in their field that explore new directions in jewellery and are keen to see jewellery as an engaged and integrated practice that positions itself within the realm of other art and design practices in a relevant and exciting way.
Manon van Kouswijk is interested in the universal qualities of jewellery and other personal objects, the value and meaning they represent and the different roles they have in exchanges between people as gifts, souvenirs, heirlooms. In her work she makes aspects of the way we use and handle things visible in the objects themselves. Her working methods are quite elaborate and obsessive, ranging from making pearlchains of paper archive stickers on a thread and cutting butterflies out of mass-produced domestic objects to embroidering stains on table cloths. Subject matter and type of object usually define the chosen material and technique.
Roseanne Bartley trained as a contemporary jeweller, however her practice spans material culture and conceptual practice – object making, performance and interactivity. Her understanding of Jewellery is multifaceted and sometimes abstract; Jewellery is praxis, language, form, a relational object, a device and/or an adornment. Roseanne works ‘with’ jewellery rather than within it, she thinks through jewellery as a (visual, spatial, durational, metaphorical) language. The creative outcomes of her work are expressed in momentary actions, skill sharing, durational making, material trace, photographs/time lapse video, and/or ‘jewellery’ objects.
Manon van Kouswijk trained as a goldsmith and then studied jewellery in art school. She graduated in 1995 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where she worked later as Head of the Jewellery Department from 2007-2010. In 2010 she relocated to Melbourne, Australia, where she has set up her studio and is currently working in a partime position as coordinator of the Jewellery Studio and Lecturer at MADA: Monash Art, Design and Architecture. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums and is part of private and public collections worldwide.
Roseanne Bartley was born in Auckland, New Zealand and lives and works in Melbourne. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honors) Gold and Silversmithing in 1991 and a Masters of Fine Art Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT Melbourne, in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Europe and has been included in international touring exhibitions including “Unexpected Pleasures”, curated by Susan Cohn, 2012. Her project Seeding the Cloud, toured Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Jam Factory, Adelaide, and Objectspace, Auckland, 2012-13. Her work is published in Contemporary Jewellery in Perspective, 2013, Place and Adornment: The Jewel in the Antipodes Crown, 2014.
Roseanne currently lectures at MADA: Monash University Art Design & Architecture, and at RMIT Melbourne. She is a PhD candidate at RMIT School of Architecture & Design.