31 Mar – 18 Apr 2015
The general concept that underpins Shelley Norton’s work is the notion of meaning and how we construct it, and how this fascinating production in turn, defines, supports and constrains us, in our daily existence.
By taking the discarded or the lesser valued, Norton seeks to create pieces that engage the viewer, to draw attention to existing knowledge, whilst at the same time being aware of new ways of looking and understanding, to liberate a degree of free association in the viewer’s conscious.
“Plastic bags are not traditionally associated with jewellery and its frequent significance around status and wealth. I enjoy examining the narratives of what adornment is and can be, and the conversations that arise from reworking assummed notions of what jewellery objects could possibly be. Reconstituting the discarded packaging of the precious, into the desired, brings forth such notions into conscious thought, enabling awareness of how preconception may function in the creation of meaning.”
Norton’s making practice spans 20 years, and was further supported by undertaking a BVA at Auckland University in the early 2000s. She lives in central Auckland.
All Images: Sam Hartnett