‘USE’ ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – Samuel Lintern

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.

Samuel Lintern is a Townsville, Queensland based jeweller and photographer. In 2011 he completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Jewellery and Small Objects and a double minor in Printmaking and Creative Advertising Photography from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. His practice utilises precious metals, stones and recycled photographic items to create unique, wearable items and objects. He has exhibited regularly in group exhibitions in the Brisbane area with organisations such as the Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia (Queensland Chapter) and BUSYBRICK ARI. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering at James Cook University, Queensland and is excited to see his practice continue with a new professional outlook.

Courtesy of the artist

Samuel’s pieces form part of his Loupe series which has explored the practice of incorporating rescued components from long-obsolete optical appliances.  The ‘loupe’ was commonly used by jewellers and watchmakers to magnify objects to facilitate work on a miniature scale. However the loupe, like many other vintage tools of crafts and trades, are, as Samuel states, “forgotten treasures”. Samuel has repurposed these discarded optical items and created a ring and brooch, and by doing so has sought to enable the wearer to use them to interact with “the micro world”; a world through which a curious perspective can be found.

Loupe Series: Loupe Ring, Eyeglass Loupe, and Ear Loupe, 2018, sterling silver, lens element, found gears (Russian Zorki 4k), found eyeglass arm, reclaimed photographic element, varying sizes.

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

References:

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

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