28 Jul – 15 Aug 2015
“My most memorable encounter with metal is not in jewellery but in my fathers’ workshop. He has shelves and shelves of odd bits and pieces, some old, some new, and lots broken, so it’s a bit of a treasure trove for someone like me. Most bits are parts for some unknown thing, they get kept on the off chance that Dad will find a use for them. Multiple nails, bolts and other more apparently useful things are also part of this collection. For a while I also had my jewellers bench in this building. It was tucked into a small room lined with some of these shelves, and I can still remember many of these strange objects, each one poised among countless others, waiting in hopeful anticipation.
For this body of work I wanted to return to metal, this material which has such a long and rich history within jewellery, and somewhere along the line I got to thinking about these things. ‘Worked Metal’ marks the start of an exploration in my practice into the man made, deviating from, but also informed by, my previous explorations of the natural world in softer materials like rubber”.
Debbie grew up in rural Central Otago. After finishing high school, she moved to Dunedin to go to the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Arts where she studied under Johanna Zellmer and Andrew Last in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. In 2009 Debbie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and the following year showcased in the annual graduate exhibition at the Fingers Gallery in Auckland.
In early 2011 Debbie was invited to participate in “Handshake,” a three year mentoring project initiated by Wellington based jeweller and lecturer Peter Deckers. This enabled her to collaborate from afar with Swedish artist Hanna Hedman, and eventually the pair met when the project travelled to Munich for the annual Schmuck exhibition in early 2013. During 2012-13 Debbie also spent time living and working in Central Otago at the workshop of Goldsmith Kobi Bosshard.
Debbie currently lives and works in Dunedin.