‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Kierra-Jay Power

Currently on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery is the exhibition USE. This exhibition features exquisitely crafted contemporary jewellery and small objects by seventeen artists from the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter), toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland.

Kierra-Jay Power is completing her honours year at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane and is an emerging artist in contemporary jewellery and sculpture. Power is already establishing her own style and is pushing the boundaries of what can be defined as jewellery. Her work has been exhibited in group shows in Darwin, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and represented in several private collections.

Kierra-Jay Power at her home studio, image from griffith.edu.au

Inspired by science, material culture and skeletal remains, the artist has experimented with ways to create bone-like models, particularly with 3D printing technologies. In 2017, Power received a research bursary from the Griffith University Honours College to travel to the Natural History Museum in Paris, France. This experience allowed Power to create a new body of work inspired by the various collections and specimens held by the institution.

“I came to the QCA intent on studying art theory, but you get addicted to making things, and I fell in love with jewellery design” – Kierra-Jay Power

When you enter the Main Gallery at Hurstville Museum & Gallery, one of the first pieces that will catch the visitor’s eye is Power’s works which are at the entrance of the exhibition. This series of pieces are 3D printed jewellery pieces of skeletal remains, including a vertebrae and a jaw made of bronze. Her work is the fascinating result of a science and art amalgamate.

A1367, 2018,Bronze, sterling silver, kangaroo leather cord, varying sizes.

For more information you can follow Kierra-Jay Power on Instagram.

USE is on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery from 1 August – 25 October 2020.

References:

‘#QCAATHOME’, Queensland College of Art, viewed 20 September 2020, https://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-education-law/queensland-college-art/qca-galleries/online-exhibitions/qca-at-home

‘QCA showcases graduate talent’, Queensland College of Art, viewed 20 September 2020, https://news.griffith.edu.au/2018/10/30/qca-showcases-graduating-talent/

‘The state of shine’, Radiant Pavilion, viewed 19 September 2020, http://www.radiantpavilion.com.au/the-state-of-shine.html

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