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Copenhagen, Denmark born 1929

  • to Australia 1961


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia born 1936

Traces 2000 Description: Neckring
Place made: Seaforth, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, neckpieces, sterling silver, stone, iron and glazed ceramic shard

Dimensions: 10.9 h x 17.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.148

In this work, we see the influence of the organic design and functionalism that characterised Scandinavian jewellery and metalwork from the 1950s. Helge Larsen, in partnership with Darani Lewers, was instrumental in the establishment of these principles in Australia and they have developed work that expresses a highly individual interpretation of the Australian environment.1 The genesis of these objects can be seen in their work from the early 1980s, in which fragmentary images of the Australian environment are combined in flexible jewellery objects. This work is from the artists' most recent production, following a period of travel and research in Central Australia, North Africa and Europe. It reflects their long interest in the structures and systems that underpin the natural and the built environment, and in combining precious metals and stones with found natural and industrial materials, in this case, a fragment of the ubiquitous, organically-shaped ceramic electric kettles found in Australian homes from the 1930s.

1 See Judith O'Callaghan, Helge Larsen & Darani Lewers - A retrospective, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1986, for an account of the development of Larsen and Lewers' partnership and work to 1986

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra