Emma Jane Donald
Originally from New Zealand, Emma studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture) at Auckland University. Upon relocating to Melbourne, she proceeded to study an Advanced Diploma of Gold and Silversmithing at NMIT. The combination of these areas of study results in work that displays an attention to construction processes and a commitment to artisanal modes of production.
Emma is fascinated by how things are made and by how they work. Her work often involves the appropriation of basic building forms from history—pyramids, domes—interpreted on a smaller, more personal scale. A continuing fascination with micro-organisms, tessellations, geodesic domes, space travel and the aesthetics of futuristic architecture results in work that adopts wide-eyed science-fiction sensibilities. She explores these elements and interests in contemporary jewellery, finding ways to reconcile and marry the aesthetic worlds of the organic and the industrial.