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Contemporary Jewellery

Sculpture On the Farm Dungog 2023

Mixed Media Wire 2021-2022


Barbara Nanshe

Artist Statement

My art tunes me. I see the world as someone who looks beyond the facade to the energy inherit within.

I am a visual and intuitive learner. I have spacial awareness and often use it while planning my pieces before I know what materials I am using.  I see them as space and energy, the detail comes later.

The materials I collect are ethically sourced,  the metals, mostly recycled.  Because I have an eye for collecting, many parts are stored and waiting for the combination of my handmade elements to enable ideas to take shape quickly. My favourite materials have been in another life before I repurposed them in mine.

I always have the natural world in the the forefront of my mind and the connections to that world inform my work. I believe we embody and are connected to all energy. Everything we do effects us and other energies either positively or negatively.

I am constantly concerned with how humans are shaping the world to exclude all other species. Our will to change and minimise what nature has made in her wisdom, continuously alarms me.


Mixed Media Wire 2021-2022


I hope my work can remind the viewer or the wearer of the connections existing between humans and animals; humans and the environment, so as to honour and protect the network of energies.

This exhibition gives me the opportunity to make a new body of wall sculpture representing environmental energy and the positive connections we can make in the “Garden”; the “Forest” and the “Wetland”.


Mixed Media Wire 2021-2022

Each piece is made from recycled Sterling silver and copper plate and wire: enamel coated wire and brass wire. Combined, the pieces have taken more than 9000 hours to complete.

Here I talk about making the pieces for this collection:

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