‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Alicia Lane

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.

Alicia Lane studies and works in the arts, is currently completing a Doctorate of Visual Art at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University and works at the Griffith University Art Museum. Previously Alicia had graduated with First Class Honours, majoring in Jewellery and Small Objects, as well as working in sculpture and installation. Her work “explores the intersections between human culture and perceptions of the natural world”.

Courtesy of the artist

This intersection is highlighted beautifully with her works The Impossible Prize #1 and The Impossible Prize #2 which are currently on display at Hurstville Museum & Gallery. These sterling silver bowls are recreations of the seedpod and cone of the Crows Ash (Flindersia australis) and Hoop Pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) which are two native trees found in subtropical climates on the east coast of Australia. The choice of materials, subject matter and even the manner in which they were made, were all conscious decisions. The works are laden with meaning relating to the conflicted relationship between European settlement and the Indigenous peoples of Australia, as well as the effect that settlement had on the Australian environment.

The Impossible Prize #2 and #1, 2018, sterling silver, various sizes

Alicia’s work has won several awards including the City of Gold Coast Art Award in the SWELL Sculpture Festival in 2016. She has also exhibited both nationally and internationally.

For more information you can visit Alicia Lane’s Facebook page.

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

References:

Griffith University Art Museum, Facebook, viewed 9 October 2020, https://www.facebook.com/GriffithUniversityArtMuseum/photos/pcb.2802061276557700/2802052353225259/?type=3&theater

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

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