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.

Lois Hayes is a contemporary painter, sculptor and jeweller living and working in Far North Queensland. She has worked in the arts and in horticulture in various roles.  She holds Diplomas in Art and Design as well as Environmental Art from Midland TAFE and a Bachelor of Art (Art) Hn. from Curtin University, Perth, WA.  Her work is inspired by her experience in these fields, creating beautiful and haunting pieces which she has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions, such as USE.

Courtesy of the artist

As visitors leave the Main Gallery space they will come face-to-face with Lois’s work When the Oceans were Bountiful, made from a variety of materials including marine rope, paintbrush handles and feathers.  Exhibition curator, Lisa Bryan-Brown, comments on the way in which Lois incorporates fishing tools to question our impact on the sea and its inhabitants:

“Lois Hayes’s When the Oceans were Bountiful neckpiece considers the environmental impact of the evolution of fishing tools, with an ancient traditional fishing trap form on one side, and on the other modern violent fishing implements. Utilising thick yachting rope, Hayes’s work reflects upon the way these different techniques have depleted local fish populations.”

Lois has instilled an important message in this work explaining that:

“This work is about the decline of life in the oceans. It encourages viewers to remember that there was a time when people used simple tools to only take what they needed.” – Lois Hayes

When the Oceans were Bountiful, 2017/18, sterling silver, wax cotton thread, agate, marine rope, paintbrush handles, bitumen, paint, feathers, 900 x 220 x 60mm

For more information you can visit Lois Hayes’s Facebook page. 

USE is on exhibition at Hurstville Museum & Gallery until 25 October 2020.


Lois Hayes Designs, Facebook, viewed 8 October 2020, https://www.facebook.com/LoisHayesDesigns/

USE: Contemporary jewellery and objects catalogue, Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia, Queensland Chapter Inc.

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