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Zoe Robertson

Senior Lecturer

School of Jewellery
Email:
zoe.robertson@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 331 5940

Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson’s current studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance. She creates theatrically sized jewellery, experiments on the edges of the discipline and enjoys working collaboratively. She is co-founder of The Dual Works, an artist studio based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, and her work is exhibited within an international arena

The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. As seen in her latest solo and touring exhibition flockOmania. Her cross-disciplinary approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments which invite audience interaction and participation.

Zoe’s open-minded approach to challenging the boundaries of jewellery, coupled with an intuitive relationship with materials, is the driving force and motivation behind her work. Design ideas arise by experimenting with a breadth of unconventional materials often industrial in nature and the combination of these processes continually serve to initiate a visual language which is capitalised upon to create her work. The physicality of the objects is important and materials that evoke a sensory response play an important part in the vocabulary for her creative decisions.

She has become increasingly interested in objects that are animated or activated by a bodily movement and started to define this as performing jewellery. She explores the visual and multisensory relationships between the objects, the body, and space by researching key themes such as body extensions, movement and dual wearability. 

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