Second Hand, First Hand sees Marsden Woo Gallery artist Caroline Broadhead and associated artist Maria Militsi reinventing and revitalizing ordinary, domestic objects through their respective practices.
For Broadhead, choosing existing pieces to remake captures them in a state of flux – somewhere between motion and stillness, real and implied – and she explores how this moment can be conveyed through objects rather than images. This interpretation of opposites in her work is extended to her choice of materials – much of her work is intricately beaded, and as such, small individual units form a whole, while the fixed nature of the glass becomes a flexible structure.
In Militsi’s case, domestic wares are revived through carefully crafted metal additions. The unexpected combination of objects and materials in her work reveal hidden or poetic meanings, and often surprise the viewer; a nut grater filled with diamonds, a ladle holding gold earrings. While her pieces refer to jewellery in principle, they are not always wearable in an attempt to raise questions about value and function.
Open 14 October to 14 November