‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Andy Lowrie

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.

Andy Lowrie is an artist and designer who works with sculptural and wearable objects. Andy began his practice in Australia at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, in the Jewellery and Small Objects Studio, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011. He went on to co-found the contemporary jewellery studio, Bench, Brisbane, in 2012, before relocating to the United States in 2016.  His work has been exhibited in Australia, China, Europe and North America, and has been professionally recognised with awards from Brooklyn Metal Works, New York and My-Day By-Day Gallery in Rome, Italy. He completed his Masters of Fine Art in the Craft/Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, in 2020.

Courtesy of the artist

Andy’s artistic practice explores the contemporary expressions of hierarchies, the mindful exploitation of material and the metaphorical power of process.  His collection of brooches on display in USE, titled Lucky Hand, Wandering Eyes, Heavy Heart and Paw, explore the power jewellery holds in the transformation of the personal into the public. Touched by the suffering of his aunt, a pattern maker by trade who now has a degenerative hand condition, Andy describes his work as alluding to: “the hand that works, the eye that sees and the heart that feels…No two people will perceive an object in the exact same way, and it will come to represent a multiplicity of thought and experience”.

Lucky Hand, Wandering Eyes, Heavy Heart and Paw, 2017, vitreous enamel on steel, copper, paint, sterling silver, stainless steel pin, varying sizes.

For more information you can visit Andy Lowrie’s  Instagram and his website.

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

References:

Andy Lowrie website, viewed 13 October 2020, https://www.andylowrie.com/

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

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