Gallery / The Nature of Memory

08.03.2013 to 24.03.2013

The Nature of Memory an exhibition of jewellery, glass objects and photographs by Jess Dare about the fragility of memory.

 

 

Glass Plant Specimens, By Jess Dare, Photography Grant Hancock

 

Opening Address by Stephen Forbes Executive Director Botanic Gardens, Adelaide

 

Firstly thanks to Jess for honouring the botanic gardens by inviting me to open this important exhibition.  Sometimes the Gardens are so seductive that their identity as a collections-based cultural institution is overlooked – perhaps this is a compliment!

Jess’s work resonates with the role of botanic gardens as an institutional framework that can be traced back to the Neolithic revolution.  Our journey as a species has necessarily been about our relationship with plants as much as our relationships with each other and with our God.  The miracle that plants perform is in transforming light into life.  Plants trap sunlight and use air and water to provide the fuel that enables our hearts to beat. 

Plants have always been the basis of our story as a species by providing food for people and for grazing animals, and as the source of medicines, oils, resins and adhesives, dyes,  fibre for clothing and sails, wood for construction and weapons and providing both fossil and biofuels.

The transformation of light into life by plants and it’s subsequent slow decay is the basis for the continuing narrative of harvest for life on Earth.  The ethereal nature of plants, floating in air where they harvest light and carbon - as much as in the ground to harvest water and nutrients - is more than a matter for wonder.  Plants provide the integrating narrative to connect culture, society, economy and environment.

Jess’s work is incredibly audacious.  Jess has chosen the most challenging materials for her exploration of The Nature of Memory.  This is Jess’s first solo show – her commitment to hothousing the development of her skills as a jeweller and glass lamp worker is extraordinary.  Jess has taken inspiration from the leading exponents in her field, both past and present and has accelerated her learning to pull off this exhibition that addresses the fragility of nature, the fragility of memory and the fragility of materials.

The development of Jess’s work was influenced by her training and by the fabled scientific botanical glasswork of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from Dresden whose entire output was dedicated to the production of glass flowers for the Harvard Botanical Museum from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Leopold Blaschka’s observed, ‘The only way to become a glass modeller of skill ... is to get a good great-grandfather who loved glass; then he is to have a son with like taste; he is to be your grandfather. He in turn will have a son who must, as your father, be passionately fond of glass.’  In a sense there is a truth resident here - for Jess’s impetus for this exhibition was the sad passing of her grandfather in 2011.  Jess’s grandfather was a passionate and dedicated gardener who inspired the rest of the family to nurture and grow things…in Jess’s case the legacy of her grandfather is preserved in her glass garden.

Congratulations to Jess for an outstanding solo exhibition that will reward detailed examination and exploration through every element and concept.

Following it’s inaugural showing at Gray Street Workshop, Adelaide The Nature of Memory will tour to Gallery 20/17 in Sydney and Gallery Bilk in Canberra.

 

 

 

Epicormic Brooch Series 2013 by Jess Dare

Epicormic Brooch Series  2013

Jess Dare

Powder coated brass, glass and stainless steel

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Conceptual Flowering Plant 2013 by Jess Dare

Conceptual Flowering Plant  2013

Jess Dare

Lampwork Glass

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Conceptual flowering plant series 2013 by Jess Dare

Conceptual flowering plant series  2013

Jess Dare

Lampwork Glass

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Conceptual flowering plant series 2013 by Jess Dare

Conceptual flowering plant series  2013

Jess Dare

Lampwork Glass

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Xylem Neckpieces 2013 by Jess Dare

Xylem Neckpieces  2013

Jess Dare

Powder coated brass

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Xylem Brooches 2013 by Jess Dare

Xylem Brooches  2013

Jess Dare

Powder coated brass, copper and sterling silver, stainless steel

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Epicormic Brooches 2013 by Jess Dare

Epicormic Brooches  2013

Jess Dare

powder coated brass and copper, lampwork glass, sterling silver and stainless steel

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