Brenda Ridgewell

A Western Australian, Brenda was born here and has worked in Western Australia except for one life-changing year spent at Workshop 3000 in Melbourne.

A graduate from Curtin University and later RMIT with an MA, she has worked extensively in arts education, including primary and secondary teaching then full time lecturing for many years in the Jewellery /3D Design courses at Curtin University.

Brenda is always greatly influenced by the repetition, structure and finish demonstrated in mechanical and architectural forms.

Her work through the interplay of forms that move both physically and visually in relation to the human form, develop ideas and concepts related to the spaces both on and beyond the body surface, developing spaces connected to the human body that can hold and nurture relationships. These are spaces for intimacy, the space reserved for a lover or child, the space that is increasingly difficult to maintain in our society. Jewellery is the perfect media to explore these ideas of intimacy, as the viewer needs to invade the personal intimate space to view the works as they are worn. She uses precious and semi precious materials to explore the preciousness and tenacity of life, and repetitive forms to demonstrate the repetition in everyday life.


Brenda has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions. Her two most recent solo exhibitions were Personal Pleasure: Personal Space (Gallery East 2006), and Personal Space Defined (Gallery East 2011). Her work is represented in major collections both nationally and internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, West Australian Art Gallery and the Alice and Louis Koch Collection in Switzerland.

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Current collection