2017 SNAG Conference, New Orleans: 25-27 May 2017
Artists: Andy Lowrie, Clare Poppi, Katie Stormonth and Nellie Peoples
Mark Making is an exhibition of works from members of the Australian contemporary jewellery studio, Bench. The exhibition presents works that consider the different and unique ways that each artist interprets the act of mark making, a common focus the four artists share within their own individual practices. Nellie Peoples explores the intimate connections people form with cherished objects. She encourages the wearer to be more aware of the journey of an object and the trace it leaves behind. Clare Poppi also considers the journey of a piece of jewellery, but focusses on the mark that crafting an object leaves on the earth. Her use of flora provokes wearers to take care and consider the impact of the products they purchase.
On the other hand Andy Lowrie considers the contemporary relevance of the jewel as a talisman, interpreting the role as a personal narrative between object and maker or the object and wearer. Whilst Katie Stormonth utilises painted surfaces that are both bold and decorative to highlight patterns of chased line work that mark the surfaces of her pieces. It is intended that the wearer will both see and feel these works. Mark Making displays both recent and new works from the four artists and can be viewed at the 2017 SNAG conference in New Orleans as part of the Adorned Spaces event.