‘Matter Monumental’ and ‘Monumetal Love’ are two distinct, yet intertwined bodies of work, by artist Melanie Upton and local jeweller Kim Victoria. These two likeminded creatives have joined forces for a unique exhibition, on now at Pieces of Eight Gallery.
‘My sculptural practice can have a very precious and jewel like quality, and Kim’s jewels are often very sculptural in their construction’ explains Melanie. ‘We were really interested in the dialogue between our practices’.
A VCA Sculpture and Spatial practice graduate, Melanie experiments with a wide range of cement, plasters, ceramics and timbers. ‘I am always interested in ways that materials can be manipulated to achieve new forms and finishes,’ says the creative, describing her practice as ‘a feeling of alchemy’.
Kim has a more measured, meticulous practice. An RMIT alumni, she studied Interior Design and later Fine Arts, before taking up silversmithing. Today, the established jeweller is based at (and runs!) Real Job Studios in Brunswick East, which houses several other jewellers and designers.
Bringing together 20 unique sculptural pieces by Melanie, 12 precious rings by Kim, and a collaborative installation the exhibition draws inspiration from the sleek, hard lines of brutalist architecture, as well as demolished building fragments, and geological forms.