Graduate Holly O’Hanlon in Gill Wing exhibition: Modern Life

HollyO'Hanlon's work

Modern Life at the Gill Wing Gallery is a new exhibition featuring work by 6 jewellers who investigate the theme Modern Life in their work in unique and interesting ways. The gallery explains: “Modern Life for 2018 is about appreciating what already exists; the imperfect, the mundane. Being thankful for your home, wherever it may be, because you have one. Being thankful rather than guilty for your bad habits because you have the freedom to indulge them. Finding beauty and humour in everyday situations.”

The jewellers featured are Jonathan Boyd, Jo Garner, Corrina Goutos, Akiko Kurihara, Christoph Ziegler and Holly O’Hanlon, one of our recent graduates.

Fixing a moment forever with a golden pin, Holly’s unique jewellery compositions draw attention to the overlooked and mundane details of our surroundings which we often miss on our daily journeys. Her assembled slate and steel layers are textured and marked to evoke the patterns building up from signs and posters being pasted, torn and weather worn. Their messages and information was time sensitive, replaced, faded and disintegrating, but she makes these remaining traces permanent and precious using solid gold staples and hand-enameled silver drawing pins to fasten them in place. “Framing the unseen and relocating it on the body, giving a new mantle to the unseen and unappreciated.”

The exhibition runs from 13th January to the 28th February at Gill Wing Jewellery, 182 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ. For more information visit: http://www.gillwingjewellery.co.uk/blog/2017/12/19/modern-life

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