This new body of work, entitled ‘Mygration, Yourgration, Ourgration’ explores human migration and the connections we all have to it.
Belongings with us, we seek out a new nest. Across windy oceans with strange ground beneath our feet, we risk everything, leaving memories trapped in another place. These surreal landscapes are void of human footprints. Small dots of color coalesce together to form a complete image. Like weary eyes walking through rain or sun bleached desert the viewer is invited to form a picture. Front and back are open. No secrets here, just the distance between two places, real and imagined
Using tools classically reserved for stone setting I have manipulated the acrylic sheet. I then treated the surface with a combination of materials finishing in watercolor paint, which naturally gravitates to the tiny pockets created by the polishing burs. A second, thinner sheet, of acrylic is then pressed against the first to preserve the image, trapping it forever. The sterling silver corners and chain are intended to remind us of our belonging and have been hand fabricated and turned. Finally, finishing with the only human element, a bone as a clasp.
Laura Deakin is an Australian-born contemporary jeweller. In 2003 She completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours at Monash University in Melbourne and in 2010 she was awarded her Masters in Fine Art at The Academy of Fine Art in Munich. Since the completion her undergraduate studies Laura’s work has received several awards, grants and stipends while touring extensively in exhibitions internationally. Laura has given lectures and taught in Germany, USA and Australia and currently holds a position in the Jewellery Department at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Laura’s work is represented by Gallery Wittenbrink, Gallery Ra and Gallery Loupe. Her work can be seen in permanent collections at The Museum of Modern Art & Design (Pinakothek der Moderne) in Munich and Collection Gallery Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. She currently lives and works in Melbourne.