Curated by James Peto, Wellcome Collection
Bracelets: Charms and Language
Ecologies of Value was an exhibition of work that included growing Moringa Oleifera trees hydroponically in galleries in Nottingham and Penzance during 2013. These bracelets have evolved from that work.
When the trees came back to his studio after the exhibition Newling was struck by the form each tree seemed to take. They had grown into a variety of shapes with each tree referring to a language of sorts. Each swirl and whorl seemed reminiscent of graphemes or charms that we wear sometimes as a way of connecting to nature.
To make the Charm/Language bracelets each tree was scanned and the images converted to laser cutting files. The resultant laser cuts were then gilded with Dutch gold and attached to a 9ct gold chain.
It is Newling’s practice to take ideas and develop works from one phase to another. These bracelets, which began as trees, are not the final incarnation of Ecologies of Value. Mindful of the nutritional value of the Moringa Oleifera, Newling intends that the bracelets will be silently auctioned as part of this installation; the money raised will go to a food bank.
The Generosity Plates – Limited Editions
In conjunction with this installation two limited editions of works have been made:
A single plate (edition of 36) An edition of all 9 plates (edition of 9) Single +Limited edition plates… image + links