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On display on Level 1


Perth, Western Australia, Australia born 1952

Cluster brooch 2011 Place made: Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, brooches, 925 silver and coral

Dimensions: 5.0 h 8.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2012
Accession No: NGA 2012.1331

Carlier Makigawa uses a framework of interconnected polyhedral elements to define intimate space on the body. Informed by her research into the geometric structures of the natural world, this brooch is dense and visually weighted, its oxidised grey interlocked vortexes of silver providing a foil for vividly contrasting branches of natural coral, a material with a long association with jewellery. Its informal articulation creates a secondary design of shadows on the wearer’s wrist.

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