Australia, b. 1948
One of Australia’s most respected metalsmiths, Marian Hosking has been creating work for over 40 years. In 2007 she was named ‘Living Treasure: Master of Australian Craft’ and in 2012 she won the Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award. Hosking studied Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT, going on to complete her Master of Arts in 1996 and her PhD at Monash University in Melbourne in 2009. She has lectured and taught internationally and was Senior Lecturer at the Monash Art Design and Architecture department until 2014.
Marian’s distinctive work translates imagery from the natural environment through drawing, fabrication and castings techniques. She says “I make jewellery that references specific botanical specimens and birds. I am not replicating them in an illustrative way, allowing the viewer/wearer to place his or her own reading onto the work. Often this reading is removed from where I started, but the emotive sensibility is similar. I utilise low relief, drawing on the soft, white luminosity of silver.”
Her most recent exhibition with Gallery Funaki was 2013’s Greetings from… , a collection of work informed by Marian’s experience of the inland coastal environments around Victoria and NSW. Marian lives and works in Melbourne. She will exhibit a new solo exhibition at Funaki in November 2017