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F*#k Cluster Brooch - Gum leaves, banksia seed pod, orchid tongues’, crown of thorns flowers, salt bush leaves | 2021

Sarah Elson



The work captures the malevolent resilience and florid complexity of Western Australian native seed casings and flowers. My attempts to grow these spinous beauties are transformed into ‘reclaimed jewels’ by harvesting the plants’ flowers and then casting them in metal, using gifted collections of silver lemel and unwanted jewellery.

Making allows for time to reflect on the local contentious suburban relationship to Crown Land, on which these plants continue to thrive, and their entangled existence with invasive species surrounding them.

This work is part of the Indian Ocean Craft Triennial exhibition Curiosity and Rituals of the Everyday.

Artist Sarah Elson

Born 1971, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, South Australia Lives and works: Coolbellup, Western Australia

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Product Information

  • Materials

    recycled silver and copper on shakudo

  • Size

    10 x 18 x 3cm

  • Made

    Perth, Australia

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