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Johanna Zellmer

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ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION

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DATES & TIMES

26 September - 15 November

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Contemporary jeweller Johanna Zellmer’s interest in national identities and cross-cultural matters is explored in her exhibition Forged on show at the Ashburton Art Gallery. Her work for this show is constructed from commemorative coins that reflect a period of German History. These coins are manipulated by Zellmer to take on new meaning and question notions of contemporary identity and its embodiment in a single object.

“The language of Jewellery & Metalsmithing is capable of reflecting both the need for control and the need for uncontrolled fluency. Only with both at play will a quality or essence already inherent in the source material become comprehensible. My ‘coinscapes’ emerge with the simple use of existing texts, a piercing saw and a cross peen hammer. I create them from annually minted coins commemorating events and iconic personalities. The ever-changing design of the eagle, its associations (being the emblem for Germany) and the momentous inscriptions on the coins intrigue my eye and mind.” Johanna Zellmer

Combining history, photography, interviews and the changing discipline of jewellery, this exhibition is a a rare gem which is insightful and meaningful while deconstructing and questioning a topic which most can relate to.

DATES & TIMES

26 September - 15 November

Open Daily: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 7pm

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