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The Glass Cabinet Exhibition Space: “Weeds to Wildflowers” by Michelle Pujol

The Glass Cabinet Exhibition Space: “Weeds to Wildflowers” by Michelle Pujol

Throughout March, BEMAC will be exhibiting the exquisite sculptural jewellery forms of visual artist Michelle Pujol in the Glass Cabinet Exhibition Space in QMC. The exhibition will also illustrate Michelle’s unique creative process, the journey each piece undertakes Wfrom the earth onto the body.

Michelle Pujol is a Brisbane-based artist, originally from South Africa.

With a deep interest in the natural world, Michelle expresses her passion for the botanical and organic in sculptural forms in silver and gold, that grow out of sketches and paintings.

Before migrating to Australia in 2009 Michelle completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, majoring in jewellery design and manufacture in 2006, and a Diploma of Visual Arts majoring in Ceramics and painting in 1999, from the Durban University of Technology in South Africa.

She has exhibited in Durban and Cape Town in South Africa, and Brisbane, Gold Coast, and Miles in Australia. The three-dimensionality and detail of her work has earned Michelle national recognition through a number of awards and exhibitions.

“Weeds to Wildflowers” is the continuations of an ongoing collection of work she has been creating since 2014 entitled “Overlooked” wherein Michelle creates sculptural jewellery forms inspired by weeds.

Michelle explained how an artistic meditation on our relationship with weeds and wildflowers became the catalyst for her latest body of work.

“A weed, by definition, is a plant considered undesirable within a certain context,” Michelle said.

“These are often neglected, overlooked and unwanted invasions but put into the right context have a charm and beauty of their own.

“Through my daily walks I look closely at the varied shapes and diversity of plants that grow wildly on grass verges, gardens and walkways of our cities and document my findings in quick sketches, paintings, close up images and images of its form in relation to the body. These interpretations of weeds are then translated into my own hybrid, forged silver.

“This collection of work concentrates on the individual “weed or wildflower” by showing my process to a finished piece. Highlighting and elevating each plant’s uniqueness as a subject matter, and making the undesirable desirable in a hand-crafted piece of jewellery.”

This fascination with overlooked plant forms has extended to include plants Michelle comes across on the fringes of urban development, the paddocks, and smallholdings.

“In these environments the exploration seems pioneer as individual plants fall loosely under the heading of wildflower but little else is known about them, their uniqueness is lost in the mass, but romanticized as a whole,” Michelle said.

Michelle’s love of the natural, organic world started during her childhood.

“With my mother an avid gardener and my father a homeopath and botanist it is no wonder I have this fascination for this green and imaginative world,” she said.

Through fine arts and jewellery design Michelle has taken this love and created a range of jewellery that explores space, fluidity and balance, through organically shaped sculptural forms that seem to float on the body. This is done in a range of metals such as silver and gold, with patina effects to “sketch” her ideas into metal.

“I love the process of working at a bench, the serenity the metal can bring, often creating my own hybrid of plants living in the fantasy garden in my head.

“Artist who inspire me have a way of sparking my imagination and highlighting the sometimes overlooked, like Georgia O’Keefe, Andy Goldsworthy and Karl Blossfeldt.”

Michelle continues to find ways of stepping out of her comfort zone, pushing her art and expressing herself.

Event Snapshot

Dates: Wednesday 1 March - Friday 31 March
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tickets: Free admission
Address: 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point