View the exhibition at
WEST GALLERY THEBARTON I 8. April - 9. May
References to ‘signs and wonders’ occur numerous times in the bible and indicate miraculous occurrences that attest to the existence/power of something that is bigger than us. Omens are phenomena believed to foretell the future, to signify the advent of change—usually serving as warnings. The title for this exhibition seems, in hindsight, quite prescient and the artworks on show offer a way of recognising/responding to—or even translating—natural and unnatural phenomena.
'I am a passionate bushwalker and collector of rocks, plant matter and items left behind by civilisation such as rusty bits of steel. To me every day is filled with miracles and wonders. I see and experience the natural world filled with wonders and miracles.
The visual uniqueness of the treasures in my collection is imbued with wonder and I see value in common materials often overlooked or disregarded. Slicing and cutting into rocks is a discovery of what has been hidden for eons.
Patterns and structures of plant matter like the bulb of the invasive Watsonia found everywhere in the Adelaide Hills are wonderous to me. The sequence of the patterns in which they grow intrigues me to exploration of their shapes and forms.
Fossilized sea creatures such as the fossilized Fenestella from Tasmania remind me of the enormity and diversity of life on our planet.
My collection comprises of small sculptures I have created from metal and stone which resonate with my deep appreciation for the phenomena found underneath and above the ground.'
Regine Schwarzer 2021
‘Watsonia’ containers - textured, cast, formed ,sterling silver, orange sapphire, 30 x25 x 20mm largest
‘Watsonia’ containers - textured, cast, formed, sterling silver, orange sapphire, 30 x25 x 20mm largest
Septarian Nodule Neckpiece, 2020, Septarian Nodule from Morocco, sterling silver, 18ct gold, fishing line, 45x39x7mm
Fenestella Brooch, 2021, Fenestella Fossil from Tasmania, sterling silver, 58x29x14mm
Peridot - Quartz Ring, 2020, Peridot, Smokey Quartz from Mooralla VIC Australia, 24x24x12mm
Port Willunga Fossil, 2021, Fossil, sterling silver, 24ct gold, fishing line, 63x41x9mm
Dentritic Opal Neckpiece, 2021, Dendritic opal from WA, sterling silver, fishing line, 48x26x7mm
Watsonia Meriana Brooch, 2020, Sterling silver, 82x51x15mm
Carrickalinga Beach Pebble, 2021, Pebble, sterling silver, 18ct gold, fishing line, 55x41x6mm
Watsonia Meriana Necklace, 2021, Oxidized sterling silver, fishing line, 60x60x26mm