Opening Thurs 14 Feb, 6pm
Exhibition runs Fri 15 Feb – Sat 9 Mar
Open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm
Emma Bugg’s exhibition is a creative investigation into concrete, expressed through the form of jewellery. It explores the material of concrete and the perceived value of jewellery by using an unexpected material not commonly associated with the body.
The work is experimental – focusing on achieving interesting surface textures and forms. There is a rawness to the materials embedded in the concrete, including horse hair, brick, blue metal, Tasmanian abalone and iron.
The artist’s experimental jewellery and small-scale sculptural works have been created during a development grant funded by Arts Tasmania with a focus on material exploration. This exhibition signifies a sidestep from Emma’s commercial practice to expand her skills and research innovative ways to work with concrete.
Since 2011, Emma has been exploring concrete as a material in jewellery. She enjoys distorting perception of a common material that is usually seen in an enormous scale, down to a scale that can be worn on the body as a piece of jewellery. She has worked alongside industry professionals to refine concrete processes they would use, from a pre-cast slab down to that of jewellery.
Emma’s work often contains particles from significant sites embedded in the concrete to connect people to stories and memories.