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Maastricht, the Netherlands born 1961

4 March, 1961

Brooch 2008 Place made: Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Materials & Technique: jewellery, brooches, acid-etched zinc, unpolished diamonds, silver, stainless steel

Dimensions: 4.5 h x 8.0 w x 0.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2009
Accession No: NGA 2009.637
Image rights: © Lucy Sarneel
  • 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