Anke Kindle – 'Scrubber Ring no. 1', 2023
Anke Kindle continues the exploration of the brush as an object that is both decorative and political. The artist provides a series of simple forms with colourful bristles that relate to locations harking back to her childhood home in the southern German Black Forest. These destinations are romantic, fictional as well as traditional and are filled with stories about witches and silver miners around an accumulation of precious and semi-precious stone deposits.
The domestic broom and its bristles are associated with women's work and stand symbolic of women's knowledge around the healing properties of plants as well as the use of plant fibres and parts. The series of rings with their colourful, red bristles extends this research into the formal qualities of the broom and the brushworks’ interactive, decorative properties make for playful, engaging wearables objects.
Studio Blau. is an object and jewellery design workshop that uses the brush as decorative, ornamental device to question the politics of inanimate, domestic objects and the politics that go in hand with these inanimate objects. As such Studio Blau has delved into the making of brushworks that can be displayed on the body as jewellery yet are bold statements that question the meaning and stories we ascribe to inanimate entities such as the works we choose to be adorned by and with. Studio Blau. examines the concept of the brush in the broader cultural context. The production of the brushworks are both traditional and conceptual. The brush itself changes from purely functional to a highly ornamental object without an obvious function beyond its decorative purpose. This allows for questions about the meaning and purpose of the object itself.
Ara Dolatian / Anke Kindle / Cassie Leatham / Juan Castro / Liv Boyle / Louise Meuwissen / Zaiba Khan
Guest curated by artist and jeweller Zaiba Khan, Invocations delves into the realm of living objects.
Material: sterling silver, Huon Pine, horse hair
Dimensions: approx. Ring Size O