Seemingly random acts of lawlessness are an unfortunate by-product of economies experiencing recession. Each week we seem to hear with increasing frequency of robberies gone wrong and cowardly acts of violence against the more vulnerable members of society. How are we to protect and defend ourselves? In many areas of our working life we are often required to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect us from known dangers. I designed these art works with these ideas in mind. In creating my PPE Jewellery I have found it poignant to reflect on the historical function of adornment as powerful talisman and the magical properties accorded to ancient amulets that were believed to provide security and protection against unseen evil. I have come to think of these pieces as amulets for our era.
These pieces were originally created for exhibition in the Jeweller's and Metalsmiths Group of Australia - New South Wales Chapter's Biennial Exhibition and was awarded the Emerging Prize by judges Dr Helge Larsen and Dr Gene Sherman. Each piece features a silver, kinetic, spinning flower that also features in my "Spin me Springtime" production pieces which were inspired by and reminiscent of the abundant daffodils she encountered whilst living in Dublin, Ireland in 2007.
My Cumulus Nebulous body of work represents my initial research into ways in which visual art can be used to communicate the concept of imperfect knowledge. Cumulus typically refers to a class of clouds characterized by dense individual elements in the form of puffs, mounds, or towers, with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower. Nebulous refers to matter and objects that are not clear or difficult to see, understand, and describe. In combining these two ideas I am working towards creating a sculptural form composed of many elements, that conveys an understanding that we as humans may never be able to fully know and/or understand the people, places and objects around us due to the voids, irregularities, and differing points of reference that exist in the world, our friendships and relationships as well as our mental capacity and conditioning.
Angela lives and works in Sydney, NSW. She is currently studying for a Masters of Fine Art at the University of Sydney, Sydney College of Art where she has previously been awarded a Bachelor of Visual Art - Honours. In addition Angela holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Griffith University, Queensland College of the Arts as well as a Bachelor of Business in Computing and Accounting from the University of New England - Northern Rivers.
Angela's art practice explores the inter-relationships that exist between the natural and built environments in particular objects and ideas that captivate and fascinate the imagination through the use of kinetic components by exploring the boundaries, dichotomies and ambiguities of life. Whilst specialising in the creation of jewellery & small sculptural objects she also dabbles in paint & other media.
Angela has many years experience designing & developing databases and software for business applications, providing technical writing and user documentation services, designing and developing websites and facilitating software training courses. She continues to offer these services in support of her arts practice and to provide fellow artists with the tools they need to manage their creative practices.
PPE Jewellery Series, 2012
(Personal Protective Equipment)
Cumulus Nebulous, 2013