The Georgian period noticed the rise in a jewelry trend that’s equally sentimental and peculiar: to recollect spouses who had died or to honor clandestine affairs with out revealing anybody’s id, individuals would fee tiny renderings of an individual’s eye to be painted on broaches, rings, and different equipment they may carry with them. Just like a lock of hair or portrait hidden in a locket, the abstracted function was nameless and indiscernible to most however deeply private to the wearer.
Robyn Rich evokes this centuries-old fad with a considerable physique of labor that nestles minuscule oil work into cutlery, tins, and different vintage vessels. “With a love of reusing and recycling, the discovered objects I exploit give a easy and sometimes nostalgic canvas, which affords little distraction, permitting the fantastic thing about the attention to be the main target,” she says. “These objects that we use day-after-day are sometimes taken without any consideration, missed, and forgotten, however in my work, they’ve one other life and assist inform a narrative.”
Whether or not centered on the eyes, nostril, or lips, every reasonable snippet conveys a variety of human feelings—the expressive works seize every little thing from shock and fear to contentment—by means of a single, remoted function. “I paint associates, complete strangers, and the eyes from painted portraits from the previous. Every eye I paint turns into slightly a part of me,” the Frankston, Australia-based artist says.
Alongside her ongoing sequence of works on home objects, Wealthy is presently collaborating with designer Kelty Pelechytik on a set of customized wearables. She additionally has an upcoming solo present at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. Titled I See You, the exhibition is the fruits of a name Wealthy put out in 2019 for ladies and female-identifying individuals to share their portraits and tales together with her, leading to greater than 100 items that shall be on view this October. Till then, discover an intensive archive of her miniatures on Instagram.
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