Kirsten Haydon

New Zealand/Australia, b.1973

Kirsten Haydon is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne based artist. She completed a PHD in 2009 and teaches in the Gold & Silversmithing department at RMIT’s School of Art. Specialising in enameling processes for constructed jewellery, her practice is inspired by a 2004 trip to Antarctica as the first jeweller to take part in the Artists to Antarctica Programme. In her 2012 publication, Micromosaic: Antarctic Landscapes, she explores this experience further through research of the continent’s history and the experience of past visitors through the notion of the souvenir. Kirsten was the recipient of the Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award, Craft Awards in 2017.

 

“When one of Haydon’s works is collected by a museum or bought by an individual, the question of ‘souvenir’ becomes fore-grounded again. Initially, Haydon’s objects are her artistic response to a place, made later. They filter and meditate on the visit, and they are not documentary representations of that adventure. For Haydon, the objects exist in a liminal zone between being artist’s souvenirs and being independent works. In the possession of others, and unlike the gifted or inherited souvenir which stays as a souvenir, Haydon’s pieces become works of art. That is, they begin a semantic provocation in their new context. And here the options, as in any good artwork, are various. These works can be seen as passports to imaginary travel, as images of a real but generally inaccessible absolute, or as tokens of being at the edge of life. Fruitful paradoxes are proposed through their representations of frozen water, our major life-giving compound, and the use of high temperatures to produce cool or frozen objects. And there is the light and glitter, which we humans are always attracted to.” Alex Selenitsch, excerpt from catalogue essay, 2012



Ice container necklace, 2013, enamel, photo transfer, relfector beads, silver, paint

More work by Kirsten Haydon

Ring by Kirsten Haydon Ring , 2016, blackened silver, glass, enamel ,
Ice depot brooch by Kirsten Haydon Ice depot brooch , 2011, copper, enamel, photo transfer, glass, silver ,
Ice sea brooch by Kirsten Haydon Ice sea brooch , 2011, copper, enamel, photo transfer, glass, silver ,
Earrings by Kirsten Haydon Earrings , 2011, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Diamond dust earrings by Kirsten Haydon Diamond dust earrings , 2011, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Ice melt earrings by Kirsten Haydon Ice melt earrings , 2008, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Meccano earrings by Kirsten Haydon Meccano earrings , 2006, blackened silver, paint ,
Ice shelter brooch by Kirsten Haydon Ice shelter brooch , 2007, enamel, copper, steel ,
Unit necklace by Kirsten Haydon Unit necklace , 2006, sterling silver ,
Diamond dust bracelet by Kirsten Haydon Diamond dust bracelet , 2011, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Ice fuel brooches by Kirsten Haydon Ice fuel brooches , 2012, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Ice mineral core brooches by Kirsten Haydon Ice mineral core brooches , 2012, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Ice monitor necklace by Kirsten Haydon Ice monitor necklace , 2012, enamel, photo transfer, copper, silver, nylon ,
Mini aero modelers by Kirsten Haydon Mini aero modelers , ongoing edition, blackened silver, paint ,
Ice desert by Kirsten Haydon Ice desert , 2011, ,
Ice container necklace by Kirsten Haydon Ice container necklace , 2013, enamel, photo transfer, relfector beads, silver, paint ,
Ice movement necklace by Kirsten Haydon Ice movement necklace , 2011, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,
Ice tracks necklace by Kirsten Haydon Ice tracks necklace , 2012, copper, enamel, glass, silver ,

Exhibitions

Ice Structure

May 24 to June 18, 2011

Since 2004, when she travelled to Antarctica as an Antarctic Arts Fellow (NZ), Kirsten Haydon has explored the icy continent through jewellery and object making.