rethinking value: the essence of time
by Bridget Kennedy
10 – 13 Oct 2018
Wednesday 10th October 6-8pm
In 2017, contemporary jewellery and object artist, Bridget Kennedy spent a year tracking time stitching 60 small, handheld, woven vessels to represent the physical manifestation of a calendar year of time at 1/30th scale. Basketry as a medium was chosen as the materials are also usually very cheap, highlighting the value of time above materials. The resulting three metre installation, ‘A Year Of Time 1:30’, portraying the passing of one calendar year and highlighting the labour of the handmade, was exhibited for sale at the end of 2017. On the base of each basket, a silver disk was stamped with the labour time, first in minutes to make the work, and second, the total lifetime that elapsed, a multiple of 30. The individual objects could then be ‘purchased’ by exchanging either the equivalent amount of the purchasers own time or in monetary currency, at the value that the buyer considered their own time to be worth. Exchanges were negotiated and time was shared. Any cash that was received was then made into a ‘currency basket’.
rethinking value : the essence of time, exhibits the goods and services that were offered in exchange for the vessels and the documentary process of the work.
This exhibition is held in conjunction with Sydney Craft Week.