JEWELLERY TELLS STORY
KENSINGTON artist Andrea Osses says her spirit breathes through her South American roots and every piece she creates carries a meaning and a story.
Osses, a jewellery designer of Chilean origin, is presenting work that reflects her traditional culture and connection to Australia at the Wear, Ware, Where group exhibition in Fremantle this month.
Osses studied jewellery design in Chile and specialised in indigenous and cultural jewellery design.
She said her work was influenced by the indigenous Mapuche culture in Chile. She travelled through the mountain ranges between Chile and Argentina researching the Mapuche artisan techniques and learning from Mapuche elders.
“My pieces are different, they are traditionally handmade and have the essence of the artist embedded in them,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of modern equipment to make my pieces perfect, but it’s not about that for me.
“I melt my own metals from recyclable materials. I used copper from an airconditioner, instead of throwing it out. My spirit still breathes through my South American roots.
“Every piece carries a story, along with the strength and conviction in all of us.”
Andrea Osses models some of her jewellery.