David WATKINS, In the gardens of Arqua Petrarca, brooch Enlarge 1 /1


Wolverhampton, United Kingdom born 1940

In the gardens of Arqua Petrarca, brooch 2003 Description: pin
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: jewellery, brooches, stainless steel

Dimensions: approx. 11.0 h x 11.0 w x 0.3 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.5

David Watkins centres his practice on the archetypal form of the circle, a shape that has defined ornament for the body since antiquity, and further defines his purpose by making works that relate to the circular rhythms of the body: the neck, the breast and the wrist. In this work Watkins has distilled the Palladian aura of the northern Italian town, evoking the sense of a garden, its planting and contained, trellised architecture, and the unadorned use of stainless steel.  Hovering around the body’s pulse point, such reductive rigour allows the senses and the memory to flow unimpeded.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design