Moving Parts



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Master of Fine Arts


Craft/Material Studies

First Advisor

Susie Ganch

Second Advisor

Jack Wax

Third Advisor

Cynthia Myron

Fourth Advisor

Scott Braun


Material bodies, human and non-human, exist in a constant state of doing and undoing. As bodies change over time, so too do the objects they wear. In this way, a jewelry object is never finished and is constantly being made. In contemporary art practice, this is described as relational ontology by Amelia Jones, who reaches this terminology through the eco-political writings of Jane Bennett and Karen Barad. Through this framework we are able to understand the way artists like Gabriel Orozco and Helen Carnac resist the notion of a finished object or artwork. By engaging with the ways that process and intuitive actions influence the outcome of my studio practice I have produced wearable objects, works on paper and site responsive installations that examine the potential of these ideas. As the subject of this work is found through its making, all material product, including its debris, carries value. The reused and translated material fragments produce abstract objects and images for human and architectural bodies. As a jeweller and metalsmith, precedents for this work are found in histories of art jewelry from the 20th Century and Australian jewelry practice, developed in response to the country’s influential landscape.


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