Treasure Room Australia

Galerie Handwerk
26/02/2010 - 10/04/2010

Laura Deakin’s making processes employ both deconstructive strategies and illusionary tactics to recontextualise and restyle classical forms of jewellery. Hers is a style that might be described as a jeweller’s expression of magic realism; a poetic and ruptured take on ‘the precious.’ In her series Dishonest Pearls Deakin takes on the pearl strand – the long-term signifier of economic success (actual or aspirational) and turns it on its head. Deakin reinvents the pearl: She uncovers its secrets, dismantles the symbolism, reconfigures its function and in doing so creates something wondrous from what has become mundane.

Roseanne Bartley