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Shell Collecting as Art
The humble shell forms the theme of a current exhibition showing at the Jam Factory. Many of us have had the experience of shell combing along the beach, but artist Lolo Greeno has turned this recreational pastime into an art form. The exhibition entitled Cultural Jewels is a gem of an exhibition. It is only on until April 24th, so make time before then to explore.
Lolo is an internationally respected Indigenous artist and one of only a handful of Tasmanian Aboriginal women practising the art of shell stringing. Her works are about collecting these precious objects, preserving them and then making them into necklaces and bracelets.
Shell and Bone Collecting as Art – Kangaroo Vertebrae
Apart from shells, the artist also uses such diverse objects as echidna quills, kelp, bones, possum fur and feathers. These collections of materials are part of her island home. Lolo Greeno resides on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, quite an isolated place, but her ancestral home is a fine place for sourcing her collections. The exhibition features two audio visual presentations that highlight the landscape and individual concerns of the artist. They also provide a soundtrack while the viewer is exploring the displays.
Apart from shells the artist also uses such diverse objects as Echidna quills
A highlight is the large turquoise shells that the artist has crafted into a necklace, which is featured on the poster and catalogue. Most of the artworks are in wooden display boxes mounted like an easel. This style of presentation allows ease of viewing. The intricate creations of Lolo came alive when they can be seen in all their stunning and raw detail.