DETAIL: Toots ZYNSKY 'Pennellata' 2004, 'Filet de Verre' fused and thermoformed colour glass threads
Julie BLYFIELD | Vessel

BLYFIELD, Julie, artist
Australia 1957
Vessel 2003
fine silver
hand-raised and chased
vessel 9.0 (h) x 7.0 (w) x 7.0 (d) cm
NGA 2004.131

In her work Julie Blyfield explores the role of jewellery and the hand-held object in relation to memory and commemoration. Continuing a long investigation into the intimate tradition of the pressed-flower album and the preserved botanical specimen, she reconstructs such transient objects in silver, another natural but more permanent material. Group of four vessels has resulted from Blyfield’s research into plant specimens in botanical collections in the United Kingdom, and in the Herbarium and the Museum of Economic Botany at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These pod-like works are an exploration of non-specific organic forms found in nature and they further develop the chased, striated surface patterns that Blyfield developed in her earlier work, based on the tradition of mourning jewellery and the hair locket.

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