Liv Boyle — 'Cape’s Cascade' Earrings, 2023
Plastic and pearls spill from forged gold hooks like waterfalls for the lobes. Incantations from a south-facing beach, the elements have worked their magic on this most incongruous material found routinely along Phillip Island’s wild Cape Woolamai. Thrown ashore in the sky-reflecting wash of disappearing waves, light-bending and luminous, nurdles play in the lustrous company of pearls, a homage to their resting place amongst iridescent shells in mounds of weed.
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: plastic nurdles (Woolamai Surf Beach), freshwater pearls, 18ct gold, botanical dyed silk (Neptune’s Necklace, eucalypt bark – windfall)
Dimensions: approx. 12 x 1 x 1cm