Contemporary jeweller, Linda Hughes lives and works in Melbourne and has a BA, Fine Art (Honours) and a MA, Fine Art from RMIT University where she is currently completing a PhD. Hughes has participated in a number of solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, including The Obscure Stripe, 2013, Galerie Biro, Germany, Metonymy – Look Both Ways, 2010, Jam Factory, Adelaide, and Craft Victoria, Melbourne. In 2005, she received the Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables Award and The Filippo Raphael Fresh Award. In 2011 she received a New Work Grant from the Australia Council of the Arts and several academic and travel scholarships. Her work is held in public collections National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Art Gallery of South Australia, SA. Aust., The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France, Toowoomba Art Gallery, Qld., Aust.
'The abstracted jewellery form carries symbolism and colour codes from the street. The intention is to elevate the commonplace which may lead to a compelling presence as jewellery. Placed on the body the work does not assume adornment, but invites attention and reflection on the continual commentary that directs the traveller. Bold, 'Stop the traffic', wearable pieces reflect the complex theatre of public space'. - Linda Hughes
Materials: laminate and wire