EXHIBITION TIMES AND DATES: Thur 15 – Sun 25 Mar, 10am–5pm daily
MEET THE MAKER: Friday 23 March, 2pm
Exclusive to the NGV design store, artist Maree Clarke’s inventive new jewellery collection, Thung-ung Coorang (Kangaroo teeth necklace), combines customary organic materials with 3D printed forms modelled from kangaroo teeth, echidna quills and crow feathers.
In 2013 Maree Clarke produced the largest kangaroo teeth necklace in Australia. Inspired by nineteenth-century photographs of Koori men and women wearing kangaroo teeth necklaces, Clarke painstakingly reclaimed now obsolete customary processes and produced a cultural object of adornment. In this new collection, Clarke takes further this practice, creating contemporary wearable neckpieces that speak about place, culture and history. Each neckpiece has been designed to reflect the relationship between modernity and the past. Clarke is connected to the traditional lands of the Mutti Mutti, Wamba Wamba, Yorta Yorta and Boonwurrung peoples of Victoria.