Mari FUNAKI: artist

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About the work

Funaki was one of Australia’s most important and internationally recognised craft artists. Working with both jewellery and small-scale sculptural objects, Funaki’s approach was to refine ideas rather than constantly re-invent her practice. She was interested to construct objects that occupied space, but also actively co-opted the space around them into the object’s envelope.

Funaki’s rings are dynamic; their forms extend outwards in a vibrant dance of balance and repose. They present us a moment in time, capturing a living thing in the process of movement – folding, unfurling, curling … In all there is a strong connection with the natural world and Funaki acknowledged the importance of this in creating objects to stir the memory or trigger the imagination. People are essential in the realisation of Funaki’s work; not only for emotional but also physical engagement. These rings are made for the human body, they await the presence of someone to transform them through wearing them and bring about a union of the material and the natural and animal worlds.
Artist/Maker and role
Mari FUNAKI: artist
18k white gold
2.1 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm
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Purchased through the Peter Fogarty Design Fund 2006
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the jewelleries in our collection.