Biography: Karin Findeis has been making and exhibiting jewellery for 25 years with the understanding that jewellery holds a unique place as a communicating device. Her work investigates the position that jewellery can occupy within, and as a mediator of, culture.
Karin also curates and occasionally writes about jewellery, with support for her activities coming from organisations such as the Australia Council, the Australia China Council, Arts NSW, the Australia-Japan Foundation and Visions of Australia.
In 2008 Karin was awarded her doctorate from the University of Western Sydney with the exhibition ‘samples’ at the Macleay Museum, and with a thesis entitled ‘Locating Author Jewellery: a taxonomy of contemporary objects’. She also holds an MVA from the University of Sydney, where she now lectures, and has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
Karin has held the position of Chair of JMGA-NSW since 2006. Born in Newcastle, Karin is a first-generation Australian. After living in Europe for several years she is now based in Sydney.
Statement: The foundations of my work are based in the jewellery tradition; however, the real focus lies in the role that objects play in our lives. The portability and intimacy of jewellery provide a special context. In making my jewellery I draw on broad interests and curiosities, such as belief systems, history, science and photography. The underlying ideas behind my work consider jewellery as fragments and remnants: as visual narratives that have evolved from the origins of history, culture, and curious fascinations. A focus is placed on the impacts that collecting, classification and museology have had on the relationship between objects and memory in both private and public domains.
In process I adopt the guise of explorer, traversing the world in search of the new, the exotic, the mundane. I gather materials and inspiration as I go and use this to create my objects. My material choices and methods are therefore diverse
In recent work I have been exploring light. Scattering is the phenomenon that makes the sky appear coloured.
At sunrise (and sunset) there are more particles in the atmosphere, which scatter the light rays, making the sky seem a particular colour. When the sun is low on the horizon the light passes through more moisture and dust particles, dispersing the shorter blue and violet rays away from our eyes, with the longer red and orange rays reaching our eyes more readily.
This can also be an analogy for perception; for how we understand the information that is placed in front of us.