Projects

The Kept Object

The Kept Object

Wendy Parker

2011

Wendy Parker’s personal recollections and reflections on childhood and young adolescence have furnished both a time and a place for her The Kept Object research project. Memories derived from the intimate local spaces of the rituals of dawn fishing trips or afternoon tea provide triggers for investigations into objects that create a dialogue between past and present.

Ours was an aqueous life, however as swimmers and rock pool investigators we were brought sharply to land by the prospect of afternoon tea. A house on the water’s edge, open to Summer’s prevailing nor’easterly breezes, where the tidal chart was augmented with the daily schedule of meals at the family table.

There was the lure of the early morning surf and our confidence as small people to use the prevailing rip, “the escalator”, to speed us out past the rocks where we waited for the perfect wave that would shoot us back to the shallows of the beach, as heroes of the ocean.

When the tide was low we scavenged over the sandstone rim of the beach and observed the occupants of our favourite rock pools. We collected treasure and caught dinner. In winter the storm sea was felt through the foundations of the house as the waves pounded and crashed onto the beach and reverberated through the sand on which the house was built. The house was a refuge that held the stories.

Kept Object

Wendy Parker, Full Moon, Dark Moon, Tidal neckpieces (2010). Monofilament, silver, pearl shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere

Wendy Parker, <i>Full Moon, Dark Moon, Tidal </i> neckpieces (2010). Monofilament, silver, pearl shell.  Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Kept Cup Green & Kept Cup Pocket Green</i> (2011).  Fishing braid, engraved sterling silver ‘kept’ tag and found object toggle. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Inherited Objects</i> (2007). Four engraved acrylic plaques; 50 x 50 x 20 mm. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Tea, Tide, Seat and Seed Rings</i> (2010). Sterling silver double ring/plaque with engraved pearl shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Seat Ring</i> (2010).  Sterling silver double ring/plaque with engraved pearl shell.  Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Tide Ring</i> (2010). Sterling silver double ring/plaque with engraved pearl shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Seeds Ring</i> (2010). Sterling silver double ring/plaque with engraved pearl shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Tea Ring</i> (2010). Sterling silver double ring/plaque with engraved pearl shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Kept Boat & Kept Boat Pocket</i> (2010). Linen fishing braid, sterling silver boat, engraved sterling silver ‘kept’ tag and shell toggle; maximum 650 mm. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Kept Cup & Kept Cup Pocket</i> (2010). Linen fishing braid, sterling silver boat, engraved sterling silver ‘kept’ tag and shell toggle; maximum 650 mm. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker,<i>Kept</i> (2010). Crotched linen fishing braid, engraved sterling silver ‘kept’ tag and toggle. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Kept Chairs</i> (2010). Thermally fused fishing braid, engraved sterling silver plaques, engraved ebony chair discs; length: 660 mm. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Ebb Tide </i> (2011).  Fused fishing line, sterling silver, abalone shell. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Kept Chairs </i> (2010). Fishing braid, engraved sterling silver plaques, engraved ebony chair discs. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>For Best</i> (2011). Silk organza, braided linen, silver. Photograph: Orlando Luminere
Wendy Parker, <i>Cosy<i> (2011).  Felted merino wool and porcelain. Photograph: Orlando Luminere