Marian Hosking

Photograph of Marian Hosking.

Artist statement

The plants depicted in the jewellery for Luminaries are examples of indigenous vegetation both common and unique, from three locations. The generic Australian descriptions of location I have used are beach, bush and high country.

My choice of plants to represent each location is personal and arbitrary.

Selecting a specific region or species keeps me interested and allows a continuous exploration and enjoyment of the Australian bush.

The beach grouping includes Cushion Bush which is commonly planted in coastal gardens and public places. It has a distinctive grey foliage and a compact form. The shape of Seaweed is similar in many regions of the globe and also appears in this grouping. Bush works include Trigger Plant — widely distributed across Australia, it is pollinated by insects and grows vigorously beside country roads after the council lawn mower has reduced the other vegetation.

Swamp Melaleuca also appears and is represented from two locations and at different times of the year. The high country works include Queensland’s Rhododendron and Australia’s only winter deciduous tree, the Myrtle Beech from Tasmania. Also included in high country is Celery Top Pine, which once supplied timber to the boat building industry.

Jewellery is a vehicle for memories and sentiment; the use of identical or similar elements becomes a metaphor. I hope others will bring their own reading and interpretation to my work.

Marian Hosking - 2005

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artist bio

Marian Hosking is an educator, jeweller and silversmith. She completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008 a Master of Arts in 1996 at RMIT University; studied at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim in 1971-72; and a Diploma of Art, Industrial Art (Gold & Silversmithing), in 1969 at RMIT.

Her work is regularly exhibited throughout Australia and she participates internationally in contemporary jewellery and silversmithing exhibitions. Currently heading the Metals and Jewellery Studio at Monash University (Melbourne) within the Faculty of Art and Design. She has been an educator in her field for over thirty years.

In 2008-09 Hosking has a solo exhibition touring Australia as part of Object's Living Treasures project. She holds solo exhibitions regularly at Gallery Funaki, Melbourne, Australia in 2005 she held a solo exhibition Tracks at Gana Art Centre (Seoul, South Korea).

Hosking is represented in Australia by Gallery Funaki, in Europe by Galerie Ra (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and in the United States by Charon Kransen Arts (New York, USA).

Hosking's works symbolically re-affirm her love of the natural world and her observations of the intense sun-struck clarity of the Australian bush. Her depictions of specific plants and bird species represent places she has intimately researched and express her responses to both the familiar and the strange in her environment.

She chooses to pursue the commemorative aspect of the small crafted object and celebrates that jewellery is often given as a gift, even if it is to oneself.