Monthly Archives: August 2016

Infinite

Michelle Genders

Infinite

2012

Paper, styrofoam, paint, lacquer, wood, glue

Sculpture – 80 x 50 x 5 centimetres approximately

 

Exhibited in:

Phenomenal

 

Advertisements

Revealed beauty

Michelle Genders

Revealed beauty

2016

Upcycled pen insides

Sculpture – 30 x 15 x 15 centimetres approximately

 

Exhibited in:

Waste to Art

 

Artist statement:

I use a particular type of pen – Faber-Castell Brush Pitt – to make my drawings. These pigment based pens have many good qualities, but being an eco-conscious person, one thing that bothers me is their plastic casings. Unfortunately, they’re not refillable.

I can’t bring myself to throw away the used pens and have gathered a collection. I’ve had a vague plan to make jewellery out of their pretty plastics and the local ‘Waste To Art’ exhibition motivated me to give it a try. As the name indicates, all of the pieces of art included in the exhibition are made out of recycled materials.

When I sawed into the pen’s plastic cases, the vessels that hold the ink were revealed to me for the first time. These hidden jewels, infused with the bright and beautiful pigments of the inks, were much more attractive than the comparatively dull plastic cases.

Their intrinsic forms asked to be made into this dynamic and curious miniature sculpture, and the packaging that the pens arrive in became the base for it.

 

For those who would like to defeat their fears

Michelle Genders

For those who would like to defeat their fears

2015

UV reactive paint, paper, glue, plastic, steel, magnets

Brooches – 6.5 x 6.5 x 7 centimetres approximately

 

Exhibited in:

Moving Towards Light

 

Artist statement:

This pin continues the long history of jewellery being worn because it is believed to imbue the wear with a particular power. A yantra that represents the divine energy of a goddess who is worshiped by those who wish to defeat their fears has been inscribed on this pin using reverent attention. This piece is completed when worn over the heart. Although it offers no physical protection, the wearer can draw upon it for spiritual/psychological power while navigating the fearsome business of living.