Rock Solid at Pieces of Eight, Melbourne, features jewellery created by 11 established visual artists. Jeweller, writer and Rock Solid curator Meredith Turnbull invited participants to create sculptural works on a scale small enough to be worn on the body, and the results are diverse.
Christopher L G Hill shrinks multicoloured plastic bags into bangles, Anna Ephraim continues her exploration into natural history with a series of parrots fashioned out of porcelain and Madeleine Kidd presents wonderfully tactile baubles upon geometric components that reflect her abstracted, candy coloured paintings. Uninhibited by the conventions of traditional jewellery making, the artists’ experimental (though not always entirely successful) work conveys a real freedom of expression.
Rock Solid, Pieces of Eight, 28 Russell Place, Melbourne, until May 7th