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desire / defiance: celebrating 25 years of e.g.etal

Vikki Kassioras - desire / defiance

e.g.etal presents desire / defiance, a new exhibition of jewellery celebrating the gallery’s 25th year as a Melbourne icon.

In 1998, e.g.etal gallery was conceived in defiance of the traditional, bringing desirable contemporary jewellery to a mainstream audience. It was a rebellious and quixotic undertaking, aimed at creating a new space to showcase art jewellery in Melbourne.

To mark e.g.etal’s 25th anniversary, a collection of e.g.etal artists have each created a piece of jewellery that exists at the intersection of defiance and desire. These are beautiful, covetable objects that also challenge the wearer and push at the boundaries of what jewellery can be.

“At e.g.etal, we take an unconventional approach to adornment,” said Chelsea Gough, e.g.etal’s director. “Whether it be a ring with a hidden diamond that no one sees, a ‘gemstone’ made out of a kitchen bench material, jewels made from perforated steel or cast from molten forms.”

This defiant approach has rebelliously prevailed for a quarter of a century, with the gallery now representing over 55 artists from Australia and New Zealand. Over the last 25 years, e.g.etal has adorned thousands of people with pieces that challenge accepted ways of seeing, making and wearing.

desire / defiance will exhibit from 2nd – 23rd November 2023. All works will be available for purchase. An opening event will be held at e.g.etal gallery on Thursday 2nd November from 5pm-7pm

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Earrings by Lauren Trojkovic

Pictured, from top: Neckpiece by Vikki Kassioras; ‘Road Less Travelled’ earrings by Lauren Trojkovic