‘The nature of memory’ – A solo exhibition by Jess Dare

by bilkgallery



Please join us for an opening celebration drink on Friday the 31st May 2013 from 6-8pm

The Nature of Memory: an exhibition of jewellery, objects and photographs relating to the fragility of memory by Jess Dare – Friday 31 May until 5 July 2013

Jess Dare is an accomplished gold and silversmith as well as an extraordinary lamp worker, she lives and works in Adelaide at the renowned Gray St Workshop. In this exhibition she aims to express the ephemeral nature of memory through the fragility of glass and nature itself. As a jeweller she has always been drawn to the miniature, and views the world, in small minute details. This intimate sense of scale draws people into a small world of wonder and awe at the delicately constructed works on display.

Her current work draws parallels between the different ways that throughout history people have attempted to preserve flowers by means of illustration, photography, flower pressing, and botanical models.  Another powerful influence has been the extraordinary works of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka- particularly the highly realistic collection of glass plant models created by for Harvard University between 1887 to 1936.

The collection of works which form The Nature of Memory express Jess Dare’s  fascination with this universal human need to hold on and preserve memories and moments in time.

“ Whenever I see a beautiful flower I feel an overwhelming and instinctive desire to preserve it forever- a natural human reaction to the exquisite things of this world. But flowers are living things too – they bloom and then wither away and are, a constant reminder of the transience of life itself. The sharpness of memories are rounded off by time; the colours fade and details are lost. Even the prickliest of memories lose their sharpness in time. This idea of deterioration is most evident when trying to capture, preserve, study and admire a fleeting moment of a flower in full bloom. Something is always lost or compromised- the smell, softness, detail, the dimension or colour. “

Jess Dare 2013