Eugenie Keefer Bell
A sense of place, or a memory of a particular place, often provides the impetus for my work. Recollections of travelling through Japan and Scandinavia in late autumn, winter or spring, or the sensation of the glittering brilliance of icy Canberra winter mornings offer rich sources. These encounters are drawn, deconstructed, combined with other traces of observation and making, and developed into new objects imbued with memories of their origins.
My jewellery frequently employs the linear qualities of wire as a kind of ‘drawing.’ A single line of fine silver, brass or lacquered copper wire, sometimes threaded with tiny silver or glass beads, is worked into dense surfaces and structures. Some are worked over wood or constructed silver forms, others are self-supporting as brooches or pendants.
Eugenie Keefer Bell has exhibited internationally, and held solo exhibitions in Australia, Japan and the USA. Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of Western Australia. She is an Associate Professor in the University of Canberra Faculty of Arts and Design.