Lives / works: Melbourne, Naarm
Kirsten Haydon investigates the potential of gold and silversmithing to communicate human experience and connections with the environment. As a senior lecturer in the School of Art, RMIT University, her teaching and research advance knowledge in the areas of enamelling and installation for object-based practice. Kirsten is a New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellow with works in the National Gallery of Victoria, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Antarctica New Zealand, Christchurch, Te Papa Tongarewa and The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington.
Kirsten Haydon is the recipient of the 2021 JMGA NSW Bundanon Fellowship residency.
During her residency, Kirsten will research and create jewellery and objects inspired by the Shoalhaven River and the landscape it flows through. The residency will develop a new area of focus that will extend from a long engagement with ice and Antarctica to focus on the fluidity and flow of water in the river environment.
This project will draw on the lens of jewellery and objects to value and respect the ecosystem. Kirsten will engage in site observations of the river and water to reflect upon and trial in the Dorothy Dwyer Silversmiths Studio.
Image: Kirsten Haydon working on Flowers of War at the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 2018. Artwork by Kirsten Haydon, Elizabeth Turrell, Neal Haslem. Photograph: Vlad Bunyevich