Liv Boyle — 'Raft' Brooch, 2023
When the flooding subsided, I followed the path carved out by the water and inspected its deposits; freshwater mussel shells tumbled through the grassy verge, colourful junk banked up in branches, a sliver of steel coated in clay. This piece references the phenomenon of Rafting, a means of species dispersal, and a mechanism for survival.
New Zealand-born cross-disciplinary artist Liv Boyle works in Naarm, Melbourne. Liv collects and re-imagines materials with site-specific relevance, transforming discrete findings into contemporary jewellery and objects. Her work investigates peripheries such as beaches, often referencing indicator species in ecosystems under pressure. Exploring the relational values of art and science, collaboration underpins and enriches Liv’s research-based practice. Liv holds a BFA in Sculpture, Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland (2005), and an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery Engineering, Melbourne Polytechnic (2013).
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: galvanised steel (Merri Creek), gouache, paperbark (windfall), verdigris copper, oxidised fine silver, sterling silver, stainless steel, 9ct rose gold
Dimensions: approx. 7.6 x 10 x 1cm