Gallery Archives / pieces of familiar

03.10.2013 to 24.11.2013

pieces of familiar

by Kelly Jonasson

4 October – 3 November 2013

Gray Street Workshop Gallery


Mysterious soft objects cling to the walls at Gray Street Workshop Gallery in the current exhibition titled pieces of familiar, a collection of new work by Kelly Jonasson.

For the past six months Kelly has been creating wonderful organic forms that are both strangely familiar and completely alien at the same time.

Using the simple textile techniques of crochet in combination with porcelain beads, dolls hair and metal, Kelly has created a delightful collection of neckpieces and brooches… friendly, squashy works meticulously fashioned in cotton thread, strands of handmade soft pastel porcelain beads and puzzling hairy brooches … the pieces remind you of something, your mother’s pearls? a childhood toy? a cactus? a chain of crocheted atoms? a donut pumpkin?...their taxonomy only limited by your imagination.

Adjunct Professor Kay Lawrence AM, South Australian School of Art, Architecture and Design, officially opened the exhibition last night.  In her opening address Prof. Lawrence commented that “Kelly’s materials, cotton, clay and hair each have their own internal forces that she has allowed to lead the making process; the pliability of cotton, the malleability of clay and its surprising hardness when fired, the springiness of hair and its tendency to tangle and matt, resulting in neckpieces and brooches which seem both familiar and strange” and goes on to say “ Kelly’s work…has an uneasy and sometimes comical edge as human, animal and plant forms merge together”

Kelly graduated from the University of South Australia in 2011 and for the past two years has been a tenant at Gray Street Workshop. Kelly’s passion, enthusiasm and potential was recognised by Arts SA with a Project grant for the development this exhibition.

This is her first solo show… an important professional step for an emerging and talented contemporary jewellery.

pieces of familiar runs from 4 October to 3 November. Kelly will be talking about her work and practice on Friday 11 October, at 11am at Gray Street Workshop.

Fox Creek wines proudly sponsors Gray Street Workshop’s exhibition program.