sydney ~ travel diary

Finally, I had a chance to update these pages and show snippets from my trip to Sydney and Gaffa Gallery. It was a great little trip and it was so nice to meet the lovely people at Gaffa, they were so kind and welcoming! Also, I'll be updating my website soon with the 'meanders' series, so here are a few snippets:

Djurdjica Kesic, Meanders, Necklace #2, Tasmanian Oak, Sterling Silver, Enamel paint, Silk.

Djurdjica Kesic, Meanders, Necklace #1, Tasmanian Oak, Pine, Enamel paint, Silk.

Djurdjica Kesic, Meanders, Necklace #4, Pine, Enamel paint, Silk.

While in Sydney, we couldn't miss the opportunity to visit the MCA and view an exhibition by Wangechi Mutu. Discovering Mutu's work was a true gift. I was really taken by her work. She fuses and interplays vulnerability and strength so well - as if she lures you in with a whisper only to confront you with such power... Her work deals with and questions the ideas of "beauty, colonialism, race and gender"*. 
Photographs are absolutely not enough to describe the subtleties of her work (especially these ones taken with a phone camera! Sorry for bad photos, but I couldn't resist posting). Also, I'm not sure if I was just projecting but at brief instants I thought I recognised a nod to the great Louise Bourgeois as well as Joseph Beuys, yet in clearly Mutu's voice. Great work, so worth experiencing. 

Wangechi Mutu, Perhaps the Moon Will Save Us (2008) detail

Wangechi Mutu, Perhaps the Moon Will Save Us (2008) detail

Wangechi Mutu, Blackthrones (2012)

We also visited a very good exhibition of photographs by Jeff Wall. Really worth visiting. A  stop over at Kinokuniya was a must. I could spend hours in there. Oh wait... Yes, hours later I came out with a loot of japanese mooks. 

Jeff Wall at MCA, Sydney

Also, I was so happy to catch up with the lovely friend from jewellery school days and a jeweller resident at Gaffa Gallery, Lalita Peeranan. After living and working in Florence, New York and Amsterdam, she is back in Australia. We had a peek at her studio and her beautiful work. You can see more of her work here

Lalita Peeranan's studio

(*from here)

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