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On display on Level 1


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1948

Rose hip daisy chain 2007 Place made: Mlebourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, necklaces, sterling silver: heat-coloured, repoussé, carved, formed, fabricated

Dimensions: variable
Acknowledgement: Gift of Gillian Lueckenhausen 2013. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession No: NGA 2014.822

Marion Marshall explores objects made for ritual, in particular the Rosary, which has a long history as an object for systematic contemplation and prayer. The origin of the word is from the Latin for the rose garden or garland and used as a symbol for the Virgin Mary. In this work, Marshall uses the last stages of the rose’s brief flowering, the rose hip with its petals long gone, to meditate on the cycle of life to death. It is a type of daisy chain, the ephemeral and cyclical game of childhood, given form and gravitas through her interpretation using precious and durable materials.

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