Maastricht, the Netherlands born 1961
4 March, 1961
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Materials & Technique: jewellery, brooches, acid-etched zinc, unpolished diamonds, silver, stainless steel
Sarneel’s work makes reference to the natural world as depicted in antique printed textiles and wallpapers, using cut-out sections of fabric patterns in large, deconstructed collage-like assemblages for the body. References to older industrial technology can be seen in her use of worn and recycled materials such as rough diamonds scattered across a cluster of leaf-like elements of acid-etched zinc. Contrasting materials from the worlds of precious jewellery and industrial metalwork, this work is tough but romantic, with a wistfulness and patina that suggests the passage of time and the decomposition of materials.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design