Suspend.ed In Pink Review June 24, 2013 00:00

Review published in Findings Magazine; Spring 2013.

Suspend.ed In Pink

One of the luxuries of studying at the School of Jewellery in Birmingham is the regular exposure students receive to inspiring and challenging exhibitions. A boon clearly displayed by Suspend.ed in Pink, shown at the school in January.

This exhibition presents a dynamic and absorbing slice of the current world of contemporary jewellery, not just through the variety and calibre of work featured, but through the engaging method of display. 

Each piece is shown suspended, affording an often longed for opportunity to works without the barrier of a glass cabinet.

The primary drive behind the exhibition was to showcase a diverse range of work from worldwide artists. In suggesting a single colour as the theme, Laura hoped to allow for a cohesive collection without dictating the style of work. Pink was chosen both arbitrarily and deliberately, a colour for colours sake, but one with a variety of positive and negative connotations to explore.

The 43 artists featured in the exhibition were selected by jury from a clamour of international responses to an open call for submissions. One of the joys of this exhibition is this democratic approach as it promotes a vast range within the pieces and shows work from established and renowned jewellers alongside newly emerging names.

All visitors will surely find something that delights them in the diverse interpretations of pink. Pink becomes aesthetic eye-catcher, social commentary and even conceptual persona.

The delicate thread and sliver necklace ‘Ephemeral’ by Lital Mendel, is an exquisitely fragile piece formed from a single layer of wound thread that could crumple on touch. It asks the viewer to question the societies rejection of the imperfect and appreciate each moment for what it brings.

If your preference is more large-scale try Claire McArdle’s ‘The (kanga)Roo’, a huge kangaroo head made from fluorescent pink leather that questions the Australian identity.

The interpretation of the colour is as wonderfully varied as the scale and range of materials. In Iris Eichenberg’s ‘Bend’, the pink takes on subtlety to become tactile, probing flesh at once enticing and unsettling; yet in the ‘Bird and Flower Crystal Cuff’ by Kate Rohde, natural history decorative arts to transform pink into sumptuous, ornate frivolity.

A raffle is running alongside the exhibition to enhance audience engagement with the work. A piece from the show has been pre-selected as the prize and the winner will be drawn after the final date.

Suspend.ed in Pink showed at Birmingham School of Jewellery in January, Schmuck in March and will be at Heidi Lowe Gallery, DE USA from 11th August to 8th September. Check the blog for further details or to buy the beautiful exhibition catalogue, or a raffle ticket: