Vanessa Arthur's work is directly influenced by her regular documentation and excavation of spaces within the built urban environment, the spaces between planning. The often overlooked elements within the streetscape are her muse; buffed walls, wet cement scrawling, fragments and objects left behind in the rush. An exploration of the marks we make and the mark we make...
"The biography of these objects, materials and spaces are what interests me. Uncovering and adding to the mostly anonymous and constantly evolving stories they collect."
Vanessa lives and works in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
Earrings - DUST SUSPENDED oxidised sterling silver, 60 x 25mm $240
Pendant - DUST SUSPENED oxidised sterling silver, charms - 20x20mm, cord adjustable. $330
Ring - ROUGH OPAL oxidised sterling silver, rough Opal - 25x18mm (size N) $420
Signet ring - WAYMARK oxidised sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold - 20mm dia. (size T) $540
Line Form Earrings, 2022, Gold plated sterling silver. $280 a pair
Line Form Earrings, 2022, Sterling silver. $240 a pair
Waymark earrings, 2021, $390 a pair
Sterling silver, brass shim, heat set and enamel paint sealed with a clear coating.
Each total length 80mm, weight 2.7gm
Remnant Inlay, pin $430
Brass, sterling silver, heat set paint, enamel paint, steel pin 60x60x6mm
Line Forms, charm bracelet $730
Sterling silver, silver dust, fine silver, 18ct yellow gold, 9ct gold, 200x50x10mm
These new works, small gestures in jewellery form, continue my exploration of the leftovers behind the gloss.
Intended to act as small reminders, rather than distractions.
That we too, all become slightly janky, scratched and dented eventually.
That our time is fleeting and to pluck it while it's here.
#1-5: Wall scrawl Earrings $130 each
Oxidised sterling silver, various dimensions, 90x30mm approx
#6-9: Line Scrawl Earrings $70 each
Oxidised sterling silver, various dimensions, 100mm approx
Earrings are sold as singles to mix and match, or just to wear as one
Charm Bracelet, stg silver, brass, heat-set paint $530
"I excavate small moments in time, capturing these through the jewellery and objects I make.
The often overlooked elements within the streetscape are my muse: buffed walls, wet cement scrawling, fragments and objects left behind in the rush. An exploration of the marks we make. And the mark we make. The biography of these objects, materials and spaces are what interests me. Uncovering and adding to the mostly anonymous and constantly evolving stories they collect." Vanessa Arthur, 2017
'Pompeii to Parkvale' 2017,Grafitto charm bracelet $690
stg silver, fine silver, oxidised.
'One way ring in small found box with ill fitting lid', 2017 $630
9ct yellow gold - plated in fine silver (intended over time to wear back to gold)
Memory of progress pins 2016
925 silver, brass, thermo set paint, rubber $130 each
Ring Slab, 2015 Concrete, 925 silver, fine silver, paint $120
Buffed Ring Tray, 2015 Copper, 925 silver, thermo set paint $180
Stacked Ring Tray, 2015 Copper, aluminium, concrete, thermo set paint, 925 silver $180
NB. All paint is thermo set and extremely durable.
Trays are intended to hold jewellery and other small objects.
Photography: Vanessa Arthur
City Skeleton pendant Sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold, thermo hardened paint $490
Street Shifts earrings Sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold $220
Street Shifts earrings (round) Sterling silver, 9ct yellow gold $250
Street Shifts ring I, sterling silver, brass $340
Street Shifts ring II, sterling silver, brass $290
Street Shifts ring III, sterling silver, brass, bronze $235
'For Lease' Necklace (Reversible) $580
Reclaimed wood, dowel, laminate, steel, paint, plastic, billed poster, city dust, 925 silver
'For Lease' Necklace
'Tomorrows next best thing' Brooch $340
Reclaimed wood, paint, mesh, 925 silver, brass, city dust
'Tomorrows next best thing' Brooch
'Space between' Necklace $580
Reclaimed laminate, billed poster, city dust, plastic, paint, brass, 925 silver, 9ct rose gold
'Hasten or Halt' Ring II $480 925 silver, bronze, brass, 9ct rose gold, paint
'Hasten or Halt' Ring $380 925 silver, bronze, brass, paint