Michelle Currie | Gravity

04 Feb 2021

We are delighted to present Gravity - an exhibition from recent graduate Michelle Currie. Michelle is currently Artist in Residence at The Glasgow School of Art Silversmithing and Jewellery Department after graduating with a First-Class Honours degree in 2020. Her unique practice combines traditional Silversmithing techniques with her love of Science and Astronomy.

Michelle Currie | Gravity
FeAg Brooch, 2020, iron shards, oxidised precious white metal, precious yellow metal, morganite, steel pin, H7 x W6 x D2.5cm, photo: Alex Robson
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Michelle Currie at her jewellery bench in Glasgow School of Art, 2020
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Black Moon Magnetic Brooch, 2020, iron shards, iron oxide, precious white metal, resin, H6 x W6 x D1 cm

For her recent collection, Michelle visited the Physics and Astronomy Laboratories at The University of Glasgow, learning from Technicians and Scientists about their world leading research into Black Holes and Gravitational Waves. This unique collection is the result of an exploration into the unseen forces that govern and shape our world. By combining silver and precious stones with ferromagnetic materials containing iron particles, Michelle captures the exciting variety of textures and movement created when exposing iron particles to neodymium magnets. She creates her own mixtures of iron particles that are sculpted directly onto magnetic field lines using the invisible structure as a canvas to capture the explosive moments as static ominous wearable sculptures.

I am ever captivated and inspired by the beauty of the intrinsically interwoven nature of ‘Science and Art,’ sharing the pursuit of knowledge and an understanding of our place in the universe. Although often communicated in different ways, the fields are deeply connected by curiosity and the need to explore the unexplored, making sense of our observations and experiences.

Michelle Currie, 2021
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Detail of Michelle's process
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Material research and exploration of techniques
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Nanoparticles of iron, ink and magnetic forces
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Ferrofluid experiments
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Ferrofluid experiments

Ferrofluid is a substance created by NASA to control the transportation of fuel. It contains highly magnetised nanoparticles that react to a magnetic field. The nanoparticles are suspended in the fluid which creates spiked structures as the particles try to follow the magnetic field whilst being pulled back by the fluid.

Michelle Currie, 2021
Michelle Currie | Gravity
FeAg Brooch (modelled), 2020, iron shards, oxidised precious white metal, precious yellow metal, morganite, steel pin, H7 x W6 x D2.5cm
Michelle Currie | Gravity
FeAg Brooch, 2020, iron shards, oxidised precious white metal, precious yellow metal, morganite, steel pin, H7 x W6 x D2.5cm, photo: Alex Robson
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Dark Matter Brooch I, 2020, precious white metal, iron sand, resin, magnet, H4.5 x W4.5 x D1 cm
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Creature Brooch I, 2020, iron shards, iron oxide, precious white metal, resin, H4.5 x W5 x D1.5 cm
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Iron Moon Pendant (Medium), 2020, precious white metal, iron shards, resin, inks, silver chain, H6.8 x W6.8 x D0.5 cm
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Dark Matter Brooch II, 2020, iron sand, iron oxide, precious white metal, resin, H5.5 x W5.5 x D1.2 cm
Michelle Currie | Gravity
Iron Moon III (pendant and vessel), 2020, iron, precious yellow metal, precious white metal, copper, resin, inks, H7.5 x W7.5 x D5 cm

Michelle has received multiple industry awards such as a Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Award, Goldsmiths' Centre Precious Metal Bursary Award 2020 and she received a prestigious ceremonial mace commission by The University of Glasgow to be unveiled in 2021. Michelle’s graduate work has also been awarded both the Fife Contemporary New Maker Award 2020 and the Incorporation of Goldsmiths Graduate Award 2020

Gravity runs until the 27th of February 2021 and Michelle's full collection is available to view online here.

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