ARTS HUB EXHIBITION REVIEW: BLANCHE TILDEN, RIPPLE EFFECT
“This exhibition reinstates jewellery as a living artform, riding out a dance between the hand-made and the machine-made.”
Few would argue that jewellery is perhaps one of the most difficult mediums to display, let alone tour.
But that is the challenge, Curator/Director of Geelong Gallery, Jason Smith took on to share the 25-year journey of acclaimed glass artist, designer and jeweller, Blanche Tilden with her exhibition Ripple Effect.
Despite COVID throwing a few curve balls at the tour schedule, the exhibition made it to the JamFactory in Adelaide in time for the festival, and ahead of being presented in Toowoomba and Canberra.
For many, Tilden is a discovery, despite being one of the few Australian artists to have their work collected by the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, part of Paris’ Louvre. She is also in the collection of perhaps the most esteemed glass museums in the world, New York’s Corning Museum of Glass.
The tour is a no brainer then, an effort to bring her name to the consciousness of greater Australian audiences.
In her work, Tilden fuses the medium of glass with materials usually associated with industrial design – borosilicate glass, titanium, and repurposed objects such as glass camera lens components, computer parts and bicycle chains.