Structura: Patterns, shapes and structures
by Regine Schwarzer
26 September – 19 October 2019
Opening celebrations Thursday 26th September
“My practice is underpinned by a continual exploration of the possibilities offered by natural occurrences such as rocks, minerals and landscape formations and by engaging with them in various ways. I am using minerals and rocks in cut and uncut form. I studied lapidary processes to cut open stones and see what lies hidden inside. I create metal objects to adorn body and space by discovering, deconstructing, assembling and interpreting these shapes and patterns, and engaging and examining their crystalline structure through various metal constructions. My ongoing interest in the colours, shapes and patterns occurring in the environment I live in draws my attention to seed pods, barks and dried plant samples and their family groupings. I am extending my investigations to plant materials which is now evident in the ensuing works.” – Regine Schwarzer
Artist Biography: Born in Germany, Schwarzer grew up in Bavaria, training in jewellery making and metalwork at the Zeichenakademie Hanau one of the oldest training institutions in Europe. Schwarzer’s move to Australia in 1993 profoundly influenced her work, for she discovered a passion for rocks and minerals, which occur in abundance here. Inspired by the colours and structures of these minerals, she learned how to shape them and uses them often in her work. By designing and constructing both jewellery and objects that reference and utilize gems and minerals she investigates the term precious as it is often attributed to certain materials. Schwarzer holds a Masters Degree in Visual Arts and Design. She exhibits widely nationally and internationally, her work is included in many private and public collections and has been published numerous times in books and magazines. Throughout her career Schwarzer lectured at the College of the Arts and presented workshops in Adelaide and Interstate. She also mentors emerging jewellers, sharing her knowledge, skills and professional experience. She is living in the Adelaide Hills working from her custom built studio located in her magical garden.
FREE Artist talk: Saturday 28th Sept 3pm