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Chrysalis at gaffa showcases an evolution of SCA artists


16 January 2014

Chrysalis showcases a diversity of work that is created by artists from the jewellery and object studio of SCA. Image: 'Buddhism Revelations 2013', Anonymous Li.
Chrysalis showcases a diversity of work that is created by artists from the jewellery and object studio of SCA. Image: 'Buddhism Revelations 2013', Anonymous Li.

Innovative and vibrant contemporary works by 24 emerging and established artists from Sydney College of the Arts' jewellery and object studio will feature in a new exhibition Chrysalis at the gaffa gallery in the Sydney CBD. Chrysalis, officially opening on 9 January 2014 (6pm), is showing from 10-20 January 2014.

Curated by Master of Fine Art student Angela Porritt and Graduating Honours student, Clare Hooper, Chrysalis showcases a diversity of work that is created by artists from the jewellery and object studio of SCA.

Some of the outstanding pieces on display include Kimberley Peel's neck piece made of woven human hair; Felix Gills' three-metre long neck piece made from anodized aluminium; Clare Hoopers' ceramic work fired with paper and copper; and Jami Rose's work which explores psychological and subjective responses to colour.

The exhibition's title Chrysalis is born from an analogy that many artists use to describe their time at The University of Sydney's contemporary art school in Rozelle.

"It is like the period of time holometabolous insects spend in their chrysalis. They undergoing remarkable and transformative changes in their artistic practice in an environment, where they can develop and explore their ideas, interests and abilities," said Chrysalis curator, Angela Porritt.

"Just as chrysalises take many forms, so too does the work of SCA artists in this exhibition. Each artist emerges from their own personal chrysalis, defined by the experiences and growth they have undertaken whilst at SCA. They emerge having developed their own unique identity and way of working, and will unfold their wings and fly to the next stage of their artistic career," said Angela.

Chrysalis showcases works by past and present undergraduate and postgraduate SCA students of varying ages, 'walks of life' and at different stages of their careers.

Karin Findeis, Jewellery and Object Lecturer at SCA, said: "Each artist has a distinct practice, point of view, and way of working. They embrace material experimentation, conceptual development and personal expression, which is part of the framework encouraged in jewellery and object making at the Jewellery and Object Studio.

"This is a great opportunity for our artists to collective show their work at gaffa, renowned for exhibiting the best works of new and established artists in contemporary art," said Karin.


Event details:
Exhibition: Chrysalis
Date: 10-20 January 2014. Official opening 9 January at 6pm.
Venue: Gaffa gallery, 281 Clarence Street, Sydney
Hours: 10am-6pm (Mon-Fri), 11am-5pm (Sat). Closed Sunday and public holidays


Featured artists in Chrysalis:
SCA Artists featured in Chrysalis include Angela Porritt, Clare Hooper, Charlotte Richardson, Chris Ka Leung Li, Ellana Kariatlis, Emma Field, Felix Gill, Georgia Papas, Graeme Brilliant, Jami Rose, Jasmine Fletcher, Jenny Du, Jess McDermid, Judith Torzillo, Kate Hutchinson, Kimberley Peel, Monica Mowbray, Nina Carmichael-Parissa, Peter Weavers, Rebecca Jane New, Safira Blom, Stephanie Steenbuck, Victoria Cleland and Yu Fan Hou (Zerrin).

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