17th July – 28th Sept 2008

NOW & THEN
Antique meets Contemporary


’Hidden Pearls’, ‘Dishonest Pearls’ and ‘Falsely Filled Pearls’ – necklaces in wood filler, synthetic pearl lustre, and silk thread
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Laura Deakin

It is human nature to alter the familiar. To dismantle and re-make. To strip back and re-dress. To change structure and re-name. Adornment is also a way of re-dressing, altering and transforming a person's image, be it social or self. This play of transforming
the object that does the altering, is where my interest lies.

The reason I chose to work with pearls is because they are such a traditional jewellery form, and hold so many historical and emotional connections. I am interested in altering what we know as familiar jewellery, requiring the viewer to take a second look at an already familiar form. I like the idea that the pearl necklace has been a traditional jewellery form for so long, unchanged, and this work attempts to play with this recognition.

Biographical Details

Artists taking part in Power & Politics are: Ruudt Peters; Laura Deakin; Inger Larsen; Silke Spitzer;
Anti-War Medals
by Susanne Matsche; Emily Bullock; Susanne Osborn.
Power & Politics Antique pieces. Other themes: Memento Mori; Sentiment & Sex; The Lighter Side.