Carlier Makigawa

Australia, b.1952

Carlier Makigawa is one of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths, working with silver and gold to create meticulously crafted frameworks, which hold a dynamic and expressive energy. She graduated in 1980 from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, later going on to complete her Masters in Fine Art at RMIT University in 1987. Carlier was an instrumental figure in metalsmithing education in Victoria in the 1980s and 90s, and has exhibited internationally since 1982.

 

Carlier’s work can be found in public collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York and the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, Japan.

 

“Lines define volumes and transparencies that explore movements and space. The geometry of nature and architecture form this world. Fragile structures project and expand in unplanned growth. I find myself searching for the essence of a life and, through making, trying to visualize something else not there but still present. As beauty itself is this realization of simultaneous emptiness and form, it is as much about what is not there as what is.” Carlier Makigawa



348 and 288 bracelets, 2019, monel, niobium

More work by Carlier Makigawa

348 and 288 bracelets by Carlier Makigawa 348 and 288 bracelets , 2019, monel, niobium ,
Rings by Carlier Makigawa Rings , 2016, 18k gold ,
Bracelet by Carlier Makigawa Bracelet , 2013, blackened silver ,
Bracelet by Carlier Makigawa Bracelet , 2013, silver, blackened silver ,
252 and 60 necklaces by Carlier Makigawa 252 and 60 necklaces , 2019, silver, niobium ,
Brooch by Carlier Makigawa Brooch , 2012, blackened silver, coral ,
Brooch by Carlier Makigawa Brooch , 2012, blackened silver, coral ,
Brooch by Carlier Makigawa Brooch , 2012, silver, coral ,
673 and 667 necklaces by Carlier Makigawa 673 and 667 necklaces , 2019, monel, silver, niobium ,
Earrings by Carlier Makigawa Earrings , 2016, sterling silver ,
Earrings by Carlier Makigawa Earrings , 2016, blackened silver ,
491 and 30 necklaces by Carlier Makigawa 491 and 30 necklaces , 2019, silver, paint, monel, niobium ,

Exhibitions

Linked

12 March - 6 April, 2019

Linked is an entirely new body of work by renowned Australian jeweller Carlier Makigawa.

Morphology

March 15 - April 9, 2016

Carlier’s fine wire structures contain varied and complex evocations…

20/20

October 6 - 31, 2015

Gallery Funaki celebrates its 20th anniversary with an exhibition by some of our longest-standing artists.

Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

August 12 to September 13, 2014

The inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery, won by Kiko Gianocca, Sara Gackowska and Patrícia Correia Domingues.

Nature and Structure

May 13 to April 5, 2012

Nature and Structure is an exhibition by one of Australia’s most accomplished artists working at the height of her powers.

October 2009

October 6 to 31, 2009

Carlier Makigawa explores the parameters of small spaces in her new exhibition October 2009.