Diamond Mine

Solo exhibition

19 March – 10 April 2021

RDS Gallery

In a time of planetary instability and strain on natural resources, this body of work questions value by associating doilies with diamonds. Doilies can be readily sourced at Op shops. Their creation stems from meticulous, dedicated hours spent in the hands of unknown makers, usually women, for the comforts of their homes. Regarded as desirable, diamonds, on the other hand can pass down family generations holding their value. Through both recreating (Diamond Mine series) and recycling second-hand doilies (Diamond Dust series), they go through a process of carbonization. Diamonds bond as carbon under immense pressure, time and heat. This experimental work producing carbon by fire and subjected to pressure through a printing press, as I see it, simulates the elemental process that produces diamonds.

Medium: Carbonised cotton, nori rice paste on Hahnemühle paper

Paper size 500x370mm

Catalogue can be viewed at RDS Gallery

Essays by Hilary Radner and Bridie Lonie