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Unpacking the Language of Things Jewelry Symposium

  • The Dowse Art Museum 45 Laings Road Lower Hutt, Wellington, 5010 New Zealand (map)

This symposium, featuring Otto Künzli, Susan Cummins and Damian Skinner and many other jewelry artists (including emiko oye!) complements the concurrent exhibition The Language of Things: Meaning and Value in Contemporary Jewellery (24 Feb – 24 June 2018), which looks at the critique of preciousness through a lens of materiality. The contemporary jewelers in this exhibition have made pieces that comment on social, cultural or political matters through the materials that they choose to work with. Their themes include the shifting perception of precious materials such as gold, vanity, gender stereotyping, associations with place and our relationships with accessories, the environment and each other. Using our inherent understanding of jewelry as a symbol of personal expression to explore these ideas, The Language of Things also prompts us to reflect on how we ‘read’ the materials that surround us in daily life and how ideas about value have changed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

emiko will be speaking about her work in this symposium on Friday, April 13th at 11:15am during SNAP SHOTS OF THINGS along with artists Zoe Brand (AU), Yuri
Kawanabe (JP/ AU), and Shelley Norton (NZ)

Unpacking the Language of Things
The Dowse Art Museum
45 Laings Road
Lower Hutt, New Zealand