Laura Deakin / My Press
Exhibition: Nov. 9 - Dec. 8
Artist Reception: Sun. Nov. 10, 2-4 pm.
With an archaeologist's quest for clarity, Deakin strings beads of polyester resin (into which newspaper pigment has been pressed) to create necklaces that she regards as "diaries" - each possessing a universal message, with titles such as "Taken on Saturday," "Our Fabric," and "Our Headlines."
Seeking to express the preservation of daily struggles, challenging environment, and personal stories against the inevitability of life's fleeting nature, Deakin views this series as haptic storage vehicles. She yearns to catalogue our memories, so as not to lose them to the ravages of time.
In her own words: How do I preserve our everyday struggle, our environment and our stories? How can I keep our moments forever against the consequences of time? How do I make the fleeting permanent? Press it, feel it, remember it - slices of our time preserved in my press.
ABOUT LAURA DEAKIN
Laura Deakin was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1979. Currently living in Munich, Germany, she completed graduate work at the prestigious Academy of Fine Art in 2010 where she studied with master Otto Künzli. Deakin is the recipient of several distinguished awards, including BKV Prize for Young Applied Artists/ Bavarian Crafts Council (2007), First Place in Applied Art and Design - Bavarian State Prize for Emerging Designers (2010) and Honorable Mention in Cheongjiu International Craft Biennale, South Korea (2011). In addition to participating in many notable exhibitions, world-wide, in 2009 and 2011 she was accepted into Schmuck (Munich), the international jewelry community's most celebrated expo. Deakin is represented in many eminent private collections as well as the permanent collections of The International Design Museum, Munich and Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
In conjunction with the exhibition the artist will speak at Brooklyn Metal Works on Saturday Sept. 7, at 3 pm.