Catherine Large is a contemporary jeweller and metalsmith based in Brisbane, her work is held in both public and private collections.
About this exhibition: Forsaken and dissembled cars in thick bushland wouldn’t ordinarily present themselves as points of interest - but these abandoned and forgotten vehicles are given a second chance to tell their story in Catherine Large’s recent exhibition, Unintended Consequences.
Walking regularly amongst the dry eucalypt bushland of Mt. Coot-tha, near her home in Brisbane, Catherine Large has for many years enjoyed the colours, textures, light and “bush silence” of the mountain through the changing seasons. It’s this sense of place which she initially envisaged translating into more traditional forms of enamel; using sterling silver and translucent colours. However, on one of her regular walks, Large took an interest in the wreck of a 1973 Toyota Corolla E20 - one of the many car wrecks scattered throughout the mountain. Transfixed by the bits of rusted metal embedded into the earth, she began to accumulate steel from the wreck.
These series of events, or unintended consequences, are what spikes Catherine Large’s curiosity. Not only because the idea of a steel car body ending up as a piece of wearable art is so wonderfully absurd, but because these disparate events that led the car to the site appear to come full circle. What once was a car that represented such independence and reliability for Australian society, could be defined as a work of art in its own right, and it only seems fitting that one day its remains should end up in an artist’s studio.
“The work is muscular - using hard materials in strong colours. They are reminiscent of the colours of so many Toyota cars left dumped in bushland around Australia. The Toyota is itself a muscular vehicle – reliable over hundreds of thousands of kilometres – and suitable for our harsh climate. Many Australians have grown up in a post-war economy in which the Japanese car (like the Holden for an overlapping period) has been a symbol of our era and many of us have a story associated with a Toyota car. Consequently, Large’s work is very relatable.” - Helen Wyatt (Artist & Arts Writer)
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