Julie BLYFIELD, Vessel Enlarge 1 /1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1957


Vessel 2003 Description: Vessel
Place made: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: metalwork, vessels, copper hand-raised, chased and oxidised

Dimensions: 9.0 h x 6.5 w x 6.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2003
Accession No: NGA 2004.133

In her work Julie Blyfield explores the role of jewellery and the hand-held object in relation to memory and commemoration. Continuing a long investigation into the intimate tradition of the pressed-flower album and the preserved botanical specimen, she reconstructs such transient objects in silver, another natural but more permanent material. Group of four vessels has resulted from Blyfield’s research into plant specimens in botanical collections in the United Kingdom, and in the Herbarium and the Museum of Economic Botany at the Adelaide Botanic Garden. These pod-like works are an exploration of non-specific organic forms found in nature and they further develop the chased, striated surface patterns that Blyfield developed in her earlier work, based on the tradition of mourning jewellery and the hair locket.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra