In Light Of - Kath Inglis
Wednesday 30 May 2018 – Friday 6 July 2018
Join us to meet Kath Inglis at the opening Saturday 2 June 11am - 4pm
Bilk Gallery is delighted to be presenting a solo exhibition by Kath Inglis - In Light Of.
Kath Inglis is well known to the visitors of Bilk Gallery where she has regularly exhibited for over 10 years, she also has a long history of exhibitions both in Australia and Internationally. Kath is a jeweller who has honed her craft through decades of practice working with one material – PVC.
Kath expertly dyes, carves and/or fuses this seemingly ordinary sheet plastic to create jewellery pieces with a particular luminosity. “I have developed a distinctive craft practice by working with my signature material, polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The PVC is sourced as a clear flexible sheet and is prosaic in itʼs ʻnatural stateʼ. Simple hand worked processes such as colouring, cutting, carving and more recently, heat fusing layers, elevates this material into the precious.” Over time Kath has developed a unique and ongoing dialogue between the material, and the effects that can be created..."there is an internal and external element to the surface of PVC and the the light reacts to these layers".
She is a mistress of light!
In this exhibition Kath has drawn from the natural world for her crystal like images cut into the PVC, as seen in the Callistemon Pendant and Freezing Neckpiece. Through carving and laminating the transparent layers she can literally bend the light allowing her to control the illusion of depth and the complexity of pattern. With this new collection she has created a new level of complexity to the pieces combining multiple layers of colours and textures, as seen in the horizon neckpiece and pine brooches. She has also created colourful and decorative hand mirrors that can be hung on the wall... Kath says "When it comes to our identities, we are all makers. Cutting away, adding, layering, blending, concealing and revealing. A mirror offers a reflective surface - a site for contemplation about the self".
Raised in Darwin, Kath Inglis moved to Adelaide to study jewellery. After graduating from the South Australian School of Art in 2000, Inglis continued to develop her practice by working from a number of studios, including Gray Street Workshop, JamFactory Metal Design Studio and soda and rhyme, a studio and gallery established in partnership with Naomi Schwartz. Acquired by Art Gallery of South Australia - Rhiannon Vernon Roberts Collection in 2016 and in 2017 exhibited in Shanghai at SanW Gallery. Kath's jewellery bench is now located in a beautiful nineteenth century stable in the Adelaide Hills.