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Helen Aitken Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen: Transfer

Exquisite enamel, small sculptures some of which can be worn, uniquely Australian and highly collectable

Transfer heralds the first time that mother and daughter team, Helen Aitken-Kuhnen and Mio Kuhnen, have exhibited exclusively together.

“Boldness and freedom”, translated here into the quick, darting traces of birds in flight. The colours are muted – soft hues against light sky – with the small figures leaving momentary traces across the sky. Hardly there, and quickly gone from sight. This describes some of the work in this collection.

Mio Kuhnen’s work is informed by her background as an environmental scientist, specialising in marine and sedimentary geology. In her works there are 2 final transformations. An image built on collected data is then re-imagined in embossed metal. And then there is a transformation of scale: the vast miles of inaccessible sea floor is condensed into small circular metal forms that can be worn and held.

The beauty and the mastery of these 2 artists skilled in the use and manipulation of metal and enamel has seen them recognised as leaders in this field. Winners of numerous awards and scholarships.

Most recently Aitken-Kuhnen studied the moriage technique with Tsuruya Sakurai, a process in which the enamel is built into 3-dimensional layers between cloisonné wires. This technique forms the basis of Aitken-Kuhnen’s Angry Sea Anemone series. As in the Black Cockatoos, Aitken-Kuhnen introduces a slightly whimsical note in these works, this time through a high-keyed palette and simplified geometric patterning.

For all lovers of beautiful objects masterfully conceived and made, this is a must-see exhibition.

Please join us for the opening on Thursday 8 March, 6pm to 8pm.



Wednesdays to Fridays, 11am to 6pm
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm

Wednesday 27 February to Saturday 23 March 2019



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