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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1948

Vessel with four brooches: Leptospermum, Casuarina, Banksia, Angophora 2001 Description: Vessel with four brooches
Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, brooches, sterling silver, pierced and cast; stainless steel bead rivets sterling silver: pierced and cast; stainless steel bead rivets

Dimensions: vessel 35.5 h x 8.0 w x 5.0 d cm brooch 7.0 h x 7.0 w x 1.0 d cm brooch 8.5 h x 5.5 w x 1.5 d cm brooch 6.5 h x 7.7 w x 1.0 d cm brooch 7.0 h x 7.0 w x 1.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.7.1-5
Image rights: Marian Hosking is represented in Australia by Gallery Funaki, Melbourne

A close observation of the Australian bush environment informs the jewellery and objects of Marian Hosking. In this work, she celebrates the qualities of four familiar plants, abstracting their physical characteristics through intricate metalwork. Her familiar technique of piercing shapes into the metal, and loosely affixing to it myriad elements that move with the slightest touch, is seen in these brooches and their accompanying branch-like vessel. While conjuring the fragile texture and constant transformation of the micro-environment of the forest floor, such objects are not frozen as specimens, rather they gain a new life through being worn and used.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra