Carlier Makigawa | Manon van Kouswijk ‘Fibonacci on Holiday’

Carlier Makigawa, Manon van Kouswijk,

5 June - 13 July, 2024

CARLIER MAKIGAWA

Carlier Makigawa is a renowned figure in Australian contemporary jewellery, with a practice spanning nearly 50 years.

Her fine wire structures, for which she is best known, contain varied and complex evocations: the delicacy and intricacy of botanical specimens, the monumentality of rock formations, the microscopic wonder of crystal structures, even the planes and angles of modern architecture. Her 2019 exhibition Linked however, revealed a new path, a dramatic shift towards the flexibility and movement of chain. These latest works reach a point of coalescence, a perfect balance between these two ideas - some frameworks now have skins made of chain, some rings drape across the finger rather than standing upright upon it, and through it all there are bright spots of colour from vintage costume jewellery components, or pieces of lapis.


Carlier 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, being among the first Australian jewellers to be exhibited overseas, in numerous highly regarded exhibitions that travelled in Japan, Europe, the US and the UK. 

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MANON VAN KOUSWIJK
'Fibonacci on Holiday'

ornament - implement - navigational tool - measuring device - semaphore flag - football scarf - wall drawing - picture frame -

These brightly coloured beaded necklaces, by Manon van Kouswijk, slip between diagrammatic formalism when presented as a group on a wall, and loose, joyful wearability on the body. A first series titled Beads for Buildings and Bodies was shown at Alta Forma last year in the exhibition Wall Arms & Table Legs. In this second series of works, Manon pushes the ideas embodied in those earlier works to new logical, but surprising, points.

Glass seed beads, a highly decorative material, are used in a methodical way: numerical sequences and elementary geometrical shapes are beaded to become objects that can be pinned on the wall as 3-dimensional material drawings or worn on the body in multiple ways. In this shift from architecture to body, from the wall to the chest, they transform from static geometry to flexible, playful jewellery.

Manon van Kouswijk is a Dutch Australian artist who has lived and worked in Melbourne since 2010. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam where was Head of the Jewellery department from 2007 until 2010. Her work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and is part of collections including National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Danner Collection at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris and the Røsska Museet, Sweden, among others.

Image: Manon van Kouswijk, necklaces, glass seed beads, dimensions variable. Photo by Fred Kroh.



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