Promoting Contemporary Art Jewelry since 2009

PRECIEUX !?, an exhibition from the PRECIOUS COLLECTIVE, curated by Lynne Speake. Exhibition will be held at Alliages gallery in Lille from June 22nd to Sept. 7th 2019.

The ‘Precious.Collective’ has evolved organically since November 2017 into a collective of makers from around the globe, a community that enables dialogue and support between makers and countries. With over 120 members from 30 countries and representing all stages of a jewelry career (from students to world-renowned artists) the Precious Collective is all about connection and conversation. What binds Precious members together is their ambiguous relationship to notions of what ‘precious’ is or creating in ways that challenge traditional jewelry making through materials, techniques or concepts. 30 members work has been chosen for this the second exhibition from this dynamic collective. ‘Précieux!?’ is truly a celebration of Art Jewelry and what can be interpreted as Precious.

The opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday June 21st, 2019 at 6 PM at ALLIAGES gallery.
ALLIAGES | ESPACE APACE:ART – 111, bd. Victor Hugo – F-59000 LILLE – +33(0)

Alliages gallery schedule : Mo/Fri : 10-13h & 14-17h – Sa : 10-16h30 (Saturday closed in July/August)

Artists selected for « PRECIEUX !? » exhibition

« Précieux » will show the works of Adriana Del Duca, Alison Brown, Anna Reiss, Barbara Laso, Caitlin Hegney, Claire Allain, Dan Russell, Elena Saenko, Hansel Tai, Iro Kaskani, Isabel Tristan Ochoa, Katrin Spranger, Lucy Spink, Lynne Speake, Maria Garcia, Mira Nomegusta, Monique Lecouna, Pa De Do, Jillian Moore, Rachael Colley, Rachel Butlin, Rebekah Wilson, Robin Shelton, Roxy Lentz, Sandra Zinkute, Sigrun Palmisano, Val Muddyman, Verena Krems, Viktoria Munzker & Wanshu Li.

Lynne Speake

Fragile Earth: 2019

Found and gifted treasures from Cornish Boatyards, Beaches and Woods:
(Porcelain Paper Clay, Paint, Wood, Pewter, Plastic, Metal, Rust, Paint, Rope, Copper, and Sikoflex)

Man upsets me.
The planet is upset by man.
He destroys it with his plastic, his cruelty, his greed.
He is lazy, he discards his ugliness into the beauty.

But I find these things he throws away,
They are not worthless.
They are in themselves beautiful,
They are treasures, they are unique.
They can be turned into things
that once more have a life.
They can be turned into things that once more have a meaning
and have a job.
They become talking points, they are noticed,
they are commented upon,
they are thought about and they can make us think.

The fragility of the porcelain fights with the industrial,
it evolves organically as I work it,
a fragility that must be looked after and cared for.
Just like the earth that it evolved from.
They tell me how they want to evolve and I follow.

They are my escapism, my sanity, they give me strength.
They bear the imprint of my fingers, my thoughts, my actions,
my dreams.

I won’t save the planet by creating them.
I won’t solve the plastic landfill mountain by making them.
But I know I’m not adding to the pile of junk that we are drowning under.

I have faith that they will make people question that plastic ‘must have’ or that gold trinket they discard

Like the planet they are beautiful,
and they…..
are precious…..
to me.

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