Caracus

FIONA WATKINS

Jan Juc, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

Phone (+613) 5261 9973 Mobile 0413 215 158

Born 22/1/72

ARTIST STATEMENT

Adorning the body is a universal human activity. The local environment has always been an important source of adornment.

Immediate surroundings can offer a variety of organic materials. Grain has often been used as a source for jewellery, particularly by ancient civilizations. It contributed attractive materials which although were perishable in nature, could serve a temporary function with relatively little manipulation, such as adornment during a religious festival or communal social event. Grains of all kinds have been used in diverse ways which exploit their colour and form. The structural systems invented to hold them together include twining, braiding, tying, knotting, wrapping and stringing.

Therefore, the idea for this work comes from grain being found and collected and then strung into what then becomes a form of adornment. The grains I have chosen to string are that of rice grains; rice grain is also a form of food and nourishment and this is why I chose carve them into silver and present them in a way which would enhance their preciousness.

I wanted the pieces to speak of another era in time; to reflect the significance of the cycle of seasons and the passing of time. The seeds of time and seasons and the harvesting of grains is for me similar to the process of creating jewellery - you plant the seed and after its growth it is harvested, just as with jewellery you collect the ides which is transformed through the making and the wearing of the piece in its final form.

EDUCATION

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

First Class Honours - 2001
Fine Arts Degree - 1998
> Major: Gold and Silversmithing
> Minors: Printmaking, Sculpture, Technical Drawing and Art History

New Paltz University, New York, USA
Student Exchange Program - Fall Semester 1998
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Karl Fritz: Master Class Casting Workshop - February 2005

AWARD AND GRANTS

John Storey Memorial Scholarship Award, 1998
NEIS Scheme - Government Grant, 2002

EXHIBITIONS

First and Second Year Exhibition - @ RMIT Student Gallery, Melbourne (1995-1996)
Time Will Tell - @ Customs House, Melbourne (1997)
Graduate Metal - @ Exhibition, Hobart (1997)
Temper - @ Reserve Bank, Melbourne (1997)
Grain - @ First Site Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne (1998)
Graduate Show - @ New Paltz University Gallery, New York (1998)
Ball - @ First Site Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne (1999)
Emerging - @ Gallery Funaki, Melbourne (2000)
Artifact - @ Immigration Museum, Melbourne (2000)
Talente - @ Munich, Germany (2002)
Caracas - @ Swell, Jan Juc (2002)
Caracas - @ Surf Rider, Torquay (2003)
Christmas Group Show - @ Alice Euphemia, Melbourne (2003)
Scar - Cape Town, South Africa (2004)
Kate's Friends - @ Charles Smith Gallery (2004)
The World We Live In: World Aids Day Art Exhibition - @ Melbourne Museum, Melbourne (2004)
100 Ringe Exhibition - @ Craft Victoria, Melbourne (2005)
Anglicare Victoria: Wearable Art Show - @ Mars (Melbourne Art Rooms) (2005)
Street Box nu - @ Inuish Precious Metals, Osaka, Japan (2005)
Caracus - @ Cafe Kaos, Lorne (2006)
Anglicare Victoria: Wearable Art Show - @ Mars (Melbourne Art Rooms) (2006)

WORK

Gallery Funaki (1998-2002: sales/curating)
Jewellery designer/manufacturer working from "Caracas" studio for retail and private commissions (present)
Curating jewellery exhibition for Mod Squad: Geelong Community Disabled Adults Group (present)

TEACHING WORKSHOPS

Surf Coast Shire Youth Day - Jewellery workshop (May 2005)
Mod Squad - Community workshops for disabled adults (June/July 2005)