Necklace New Spring Old Gods #8 [Limited Edition]
These first necklaces in the ‘New spring, Old gods’ series (Winter 2020) continue Inari's investigation of bringing urban/industrial and organic/natural elements together, and as such also tie in with the ‘Brunswick’ work in the ‘Made/Worn’ exhibition.
Designed from mass produced, standardised plastic components into kinetic, blooming patterns, the pieces are light and playful, nodding to our urban surroundings. At the same time, the forms are evocative of ancient, sensual memories of seasonal rituals.
Inari says of her work: "I strongly sensed my Finnish roots while fabricating the necklaces, remembering the scent of bare, dark earth revealed by the melting snow; the patterns of sunlit tree branches in early March; the echoes of our Finnish pre-Christian forest spring rites with ornaments depicting death, rebirth and the Sun; the delicate details of plants and flowers that emerge after winter".
When worn, the pieces subtly move with the wearer. Each wearer can interpret them differently – spring will arrive, wherever you are...
These pieces were made to accompany work in the exhibition Made/Worn.
Dimensions: Approx. 80cm length
Materials: Industrial plastic components.
Inari Kiuru is a Melbourne-based artist and designer with a multidisciplinary practice encompassing jewellery, objects, images and installation. Born in Finland, she has a strong native relationship with the seasons. This informs her focus on drawing parallels between our external and internal landscapes by observing and portraying light, weather and changing atmospheres in the city.
Inari works with materials integral to the urban settings (concrete, glass and steel for example), revealing the poetic qualities of non-precious, industrial ingredients – and the surprising beauty often hidden in the mundane and the unexpected.
Inari migrated to Australia in 1995 and worked as a graphic designer until graduating with Honours in Fine Art (Object Based Practice) from RMIT University in 2013. She has exhibited in curated group shows in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe and is represented by Gallery Funaki, Melbourne.