Zoe Robertson
The Dual Works
23 A Kenyon Street
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Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson’s studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance. She creates theatrically sized jewellery, experiments on the edges of the discipline and enjoys working collaboratively. She is co-founder of The Dual Works an artist studio based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter and her work is exhibited within an international arena

Biography

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. As seen in her latest solo exhibition flockOmania2 this cross disciplinary approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments which invite audience interaction and participation.

This open-minded approach to challenging the boundaries of jewellery coupled with an intuitive relationship with materials is the driving force and motivation behind her work. Design ideas arise by experimenting with a breadth of unconventional materials often industrial in nature and the combination of these processes continually serve to initiate a visual language which is capitalised upon to create her work. The physicality of the objects is important and materials that evoke a sensory response play an important part in the vocabulary for her creative decisions

She has become increasingly interested in objects that are animated or activated by a bodily movement and started to define this as performing jewellery. She explores the visual and multi-sensory relationships between the objects, the body, and space by researching key themes such as body extensions, movement and dual wearability.

Current work - www.flockOmania.com

Originally conceived as a solo exhibition created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson flockOmania has grown beyond the original concept evolving into many different forms, as an exhibition, an installation, mobile performance interventions, performance lab workshops. To date flockOmania has been discussed at numerous academic symposium and international conferences by the artists involved in the project.

flockOmania showcases wearable objects designed and created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson which explore the relationship between jewellery, the body and performance. These wearable objects were created in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris. It is their background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance which provided the catalyst for this body of work. The resulting jewellery is theatrically-sized to emphasize and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body. The objects have been meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial processes and new technology.

flockomania challenges the traditional display of jewellery whereby the work hangs freely in the space and not typically displayed behind glass ‘to move beyond the static display of objects of veneration normally associated with jewelry display’ (Mottram 2015). The installation space is seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists improvise movement and the audience is invited to interact with the work on show. The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of flockOmania moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, film, dance and photography. This cross disciplinary approach enables the creation of experiential environments which invite audience interaction and participation. Working across art forms these artists create an atmospheric, dynamic environment within which the dancers explore the ever- changing relationships between object, body and space.

This website highlights the projects from concept to realisation, including the design and production of objects, to experimenting with movement in the dance studio and photographic documentation of the various exhibition and performance iterations. Each circular image on the home page takes you to a different part of the flockOmania journey.

More Images

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flockOmania created by Zoe Robertson - Photo by Christian Kipp
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flockOmania created by Zoe Robertson - Photo by Christian Kipp
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flockOmania created by Zoe Robertson - Photo by Christian Kipp