Blanche Tilden—ripple effect: a 25 year survey
- When 20 Aug - 20 Nov 2021
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Due to COVID-19 restrictions extending across NSW, UNSW Galleries remains closed to the public, and we have postponed the opening of ‘Blanche Tilden: Ripple Effect – a 25 year survey’. We will closely monitor the public health advice as it evolves and hope to reschedule the exhibition later in the year.
This survey of Melbourne-based jeweller and maker Blanche Tilden reveals her remarkable and critically acclaimed practice, celebrated for its transformation of everyday and industrial materials into aesthetically refined, conceptually rich wearable objects. Tilden has a unique approach to her materials, in particular glass, which she explores both as a material for jewellery making and deploys as metaphor for the connections between making, industry, the wearable object and the body. Her fascination with mechanical devices, fuelled by a desire to understand how things work, continually inspires her work.
This first comprehensive survey of Tilden’s career includes historical and contemporary works loaned from numerous public and private collections. Tilden has reinterpreted previous work to create new forms that expand on her preoccupations with value, mechanical movement, and industrial and architectural uses of glass, translating something of the macro immensity of the built and material world to the intimacy of the jewellery object.
Curator: Jason Smith
A Geelong Gallery touring exhibition
Banner: Blanche Tilden, ‘Uring series (rings)’ 2002–2020.Borosilicate glass and oxidised 925 silver. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Funaki, Melbourne. Photographer: Jeremy Dillon. © Blanche Tilden
Tile: Blanche Tilden, ‘Grand Palais (necklace)’ 2014.Borosilicate glass and oxidised 925 silver. Collection: Margaret Hancock Davis. Photographer: Grant Hancock. © Blanche Tilden