MIA STRAKA & CHERYL SILLS:
1st - 26th JUNE 2010
In Superstructures, jewellers Mia and Cheryl each present a series of new jewellery, both building on themes they have been developing over the last few years. Mia and Cheryl are mid-career artists and both work out of Workshop 6 in Auckland.
“Structures and Systems are put into place to create a sense of order and as a way to understand time and place. When we can no longer see beyond the construction, perception of reality is restricted and freedom lost.
Baskets have been used throughout history to transport and contain. The things of greatest value may not have tangible form but we carry them with us”. Mia Straka
“I became interested in diamonds as depicted in popular culture and the way they are used as status symbols. At times seeing diamonds so large and out of place that they appear garish, crude even. The over saturation of diamonds has made them commonplace yet they remain highly desirable. As a reaction to this I wanted to create diamond forms from unexpected materials. The diamonds in these pieces have been painstakingly constructed from silver sheet that has been scored, folded and soldered by hand forming faceted hollow structures that are joined together creating the ‘Diamond’ clusters”. Cheryl Sills
For more contemporary jewellery by Mia Straka and Cheryl Sills please refer to their Artist's pages.