'Nature, Nurture' by Linda van Niekerk

In September 2013Linda van Niekerk will bring her exhibition 'Nature, Nurture' to Courtesy of the Artist. Linda has long been fascinated by the influence of inherited traits and genes (nature) and it's relationship with upbringing and environment (nurture).  

For this exhibition Linda will present four series of works, all influenced by nature and nurture in different ways.

The 'Clouds' series is inspired by the vast skies of Linda's natural environment in the south of Tasmania. The work reflects both the shapes of clouds as well as their constantly shifting and evolving forms (thus allowing the pieces to be worn in a variety of different ways).

The 'Adrift' series acknowledges place in another way. These works present simple pieces of Tasmanian wilderness driftwood and invite the wearer to appreciate the natural beauty of a precious resource.

A third series is motivated by the desire to wear the pearls left to Linda by her mother in her own special way. As it was Linda's mother from whom she inherited a love of design and jewellery, Linda was reluctant to re-imagine the pearls to the degree where they were no longer distinguishable from the original strand. The 'Pearl' series borrows from both the 'Cloud' and 'Adrift' series to incorporate the most beautiful blending of nature and nurture - cultured pearls.

And finally, the 'Sea Sponge' series. This series of arm pieces was inspired by the form and pliability of sea sponges.

'Nature, Nurture' by Linda van Niekerk opens on Thursday 5th September 2013 at 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, from 6pm - 8pm. The exhibition runs until Saturday 28th September 2013.