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The Jam Factory Gallery in Adelaide has a special collective exhibition entitled Shimmer now showing. It is a creative collaboration with the South Australian Museum. The concept was to provide selected artists with access to the museum collection while working on the theme of adornment.
Shimmer is indeed a combined effort. Curated by Margaret Hancock Davis and Coby Edgar and presented by JamFactory, the South Australian Museum and TARNANTHI Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.
The featured artists Sebastian Arrow, Tamara Baillie, Maree Clarke, Janet Fieldhouse, Nicole Foreshew, Dale Harding, Grace Lillian Lee and Vicki West were commissioned to research the Museums collection and develop their own interpretation of the theme of adornment. The artists have used many different media. The visitor can see vivid and elaborate necklaces, woven handbags and multi media installations with indigenous elements.
The works are colourful, playful and detailed and are artfully displayed within the exhibition space. Shimmer presents a modern interpretation of cultural and historical influences. The body has always been a site for adornment and personal expression. This art space gives new light to historical practices of adornment and indigenous designs and history. A fascinating exploration of cross pollination within cultures, generations and place. Shimmer is on display until November 29th, 2015.