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Sydney Harbour Bridge



  • Details

    Other Title
    Blue shell Sydney Harbour Bridge
    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media categories
    Mixed media , Sculpture , Animal material
    Materials used
    shells, glitter and fabric on cardboard
    11.0 x 21.7 x 5.0 cm
    Gift of Genevieve O'Callaghan 2010
    Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © Esme Timbery

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    Esme Timbery

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  • About

    La Perouse women artists have been working with and
    earning an income from shellwork for generations.
    Esme Timbery recalls families taking shell-collecting trips
    to the local beaches throughout their Country, catching
    the ferry to Kamay/Botany Bay and spending the day
    harvesting shells. Strong family connections along the
    south coast of New South Wales, including the sister
    community of Wreck Bay, also provides another important
    source of material. An immense knowledge of the
    coastline, the seasons and environmental conditions is
    required to harvest specific shells – knowledge that
    has been passed on through this important tradition.

    Esme Timbery learnt shellwork as a young girl from her
    mother, grandmother and aunts by first sorting shells by
    type, size and colour. A cardboard base is used to sculpt
    the subjects, which is then covered with material before
    being ‘shelled’ and in some cases topped with glitter –
    a modern take on shell grit. The shell designs and patterns
    are inherited and, in working with iconic forms like the
    Sydney Harbour Bridge, Timbery and other La Perouse
    artists re-craft Australia’s image and history, providing a
    richer understanding of the Sydney landscape.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

Other works by Esme Timbery

See all 5 works