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Seaweed Vessel 2004

Marian Hosking (born 1948, Melbourne, Australia)

Marian Hosking is a jeweller and silversmith with an international reputation. She is influenced by the 'intimate variations' and 'scattered similarities' of nature and its particular cultural resonance for Australians, as the nation seeks to discover and establish its cultural identity. She incorporates imagery directly drawn from the natural environment in her work. Hosking works principally in silver, enhanced with mother-of-pearl, employing the traditional tools of drill and jeweller's saw. Since the mid 1990s she has made various round and oval vessels alongside her brooches. This oval covered box has a drilled seaweed pattern, echoed on the flat cover, which also has three dimensional seaweed sections applied to the underside - a secret revealed only when the cover is lifted off. The box developed from a series of seaweed brooches that incorporated cast elements, which are repeated here in the box cover. Tiny pins are also used to fasten the body to the base, rather than the more traditional method of soldering. Hosking is captivated by the possibilities of creating light and shade which piercing the metal offers. She enjoys the physical sensation of breaking through the sheet metal and interrupting the surface and here exploits the drilled holes to cast shadows and to reflect light off the surface

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Galerie Ra, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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