David BIELANDER, Koi, bracelet Enlarge 1 /1

On display on Level 1


Basel, Switzerland born 1968

Koi, bracelet 2014 Place made: Munich, Bavaria, Oberbayern, Germany
Materials & Technique: jewellery, bracelets, leather, drawing pins, gold

Dimensions: 10.5 h x 11.0 w x 15.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2014
Accession No: NGA 2014.2142

This animated and engaging work is based on the abstracted form and pattern of a koi fish. David Bielander does not replicate the creature in exact detail, but rather sketches it in a type of three-dimensional drawing on the body, using formed leather overlaid with ‘scales’ of overlapping bi-coloured enamelled drawing pins and gold clasps. Manipulating the structural properties of these materials gives this work a coiled, elastic energy on the skin, capturing the light with every movement to evoke the visual flash of the fish when seen in water.

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