Wednesday, September 1, 2021

COMING SATURDAY 4 SEPTEMBER '21: 'New Spring, Old Gods' as part of 'IIb' with Michaela Pegum – The Radiant Pavilion 2021 online edition

Top: Michaela Pegum, All is intimate II, 2021
Bottom: Inari Kiuru: Necklaces from New Spring, Old Gods series, 2020-21. 
Photos by the artists.

IIb (online, coming soon / 4-17 September 2021)

Michaela Pegum & Inari Kiuru

The idea to exhibit side by side, as two, grew from the artists’ shared interest in our relationships with the natural world. The physical exhibition ‘II’ now postponed, Michaela and Inari each present an individual selection of thoughts, research and work as ‘IIb’, curated for the online environment. 

Michaela’s sculptural work is developed from her relationships with natural, threshold landscapes. She explores the becoming between human and non-human life forms, elements and atmospheres through the creation of material languages that are liminal, suggestive and sensory. Michaela will present the material explorations that led to her sculptural forms via her IG account @michaela_pegum. 

Inari’s New Spring, Old Gods necklaces honour the artist’s Finnish heritage, depicting trees, flowers and old, nature-centered rites. Composed during the pandemic, from limited ingredients, the series especially celebrates a strong kinship discovered working in isolation: a contemporary maker and her ancestors, together in spirit, weaving new life from whatever the season offers.

IIb is presented as part of Radiant Pavilion, Melbourne Contemporary Jewellery and Object Biennial, 4-12 September 2021. See the full program at

About the artists

Michaela Pegum has a background in contemporary dance and is undertaking a PhD in the school of art at RMIT through her practice led research project Subtle bodies: corporeal and material becoming in threshold landscapes. Her practice is an exploration of felt experience, garnered through the deeply embodied relationships we form with the natural world, it spans the realms of sculpture, wearable art and performance. She works in highly explorative ways to develop material languages that are liminal, suggestive and sensory, investigating the affective qualities, tones and temporalities that constitute the fabric of relations between the sensing being and their environment. 

Inari Kiuru is a Finnish–born multidisciplinary artist and graphic designer, translating her native relationship with wilderness and changing seasons into objects, images and words inspired by light, clouds and atmospheres in urban environments. Known for her experimental use of non–precious, industrial materials such as concrete and steel, the core of Inari’s practice is revealing beauty within ordinary, everyday things. Inari is represented by Funaki, Melbourne.

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