The Stream of Time
16 March 2022 - 3 April 2022
Viewing the surface of metal as a landscape, I use patterns and repetition to represent movements through time and place and draw inspiration from memories of summer visits to Redleaf Pool from where I grew up in Paddington. I retrace the route along the winding streets and hilly terrain to the harbourside pool, recording the layers of material time in the landscape and reconnecting with visual elements and landmarks along the way. Evocations of this experience are pieced together using bits of copper, brass, silver and gold resulting in a series of pendants and vessel objects. Streams of time converge in the pendants as I also consider the long and rich history of jewellery by employing a traditional cushion shape associated with gemstones to frame the patterns that are reminiscent of landscape views. Each vessel correlates to specific moments in the journey and are small enough to hold in one hand with a lid that encloses the interior space, offering the promise of protection like the wrap-around pontoon that encircles the tidal pool at Redleaf. Held or worn on the body, these pendants and vessel forms will gradually imbue new meaning further enriching their materiality as they travel through time and place.
Zoë Veness is a contemporary jeweller and lecturer at the School of Art & Design, University of New South Wales in Sydney. Previously she worked at the School of Creative Arts and Media at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Her practice focuses on relationships between objects, the body and place. Her solo exhibitions include New Terrain in an Old World at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre in Canberra (2017); To make an end is to make a beginning, her PhD examination exhibition at UNSW Art & Design (2014); The Infinite Fold at Jam Factory: Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide (2009) and Mathematical Beauty at the Australian Design Centre in Sydney (2006-2007). She has participated in over 70 national and international group exhibitions and undertaken residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon in Cambewarra, NSW (2010) and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland (2006). Her contemporary jewellery is held in public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Photography by Stuart Humphreys