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Olivia Dryden

Throughout the last year, my work has largely followed my curiosity into how different cultures in different eras have celebrated life and mourned death. This curiosity encompasses the different rituals and aesthetic jewellery associated with mourning.

By combining my skills and qualifications with my passion and curiosity with the macabre I have explored different methods that highlight the beauty of the natural world and the forms that retain that beauty after death.

I have collected various animals, all of which have been ethically sourced, and have cleaned, mold and cast their remains in precious metal. By adding semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls and cast flora, I have tried to create a powerful juxtaposition, which highlights the curious beauty, beneath the overt dark tones of deaths.

My exhibition focuses on the Cabinets of Curiosity, these were small collections found in affluent homes in the Victorian era that held extraordinary objects that told stories about the wonders and oddities of the natural world.

My Cabinet is My story; an insight to the grotesque experiments and processes that have influenced my recent art works and jewellery.

EDUCATION

2011 – 2014 Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design, Adelaide College of the Arts

1998 – 2010 Saint Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School

 

GRANTS, RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2017
$20,000 Helpmann Academy Fellowship for Professional Development


2016
Merit Award, ‘Youthscape Exhibition’
Highly Commended Award- ‘Characters of the Fleurieu’ Exhibition
(2nd) RSASA Merit Award, Members’ Fringe Exhibition “Out of the Box”

2015
Helpmann Academy Artist Residency at Sanskriti Kendra, India,
Associate Artist – Hill Smith Gallery (Pirie Street, Adelaide)
(1st) RSASA Merit Award, Members’ Exhibition ‘The Tugs of War’

2010
Prize for Excellence in Art Practical (Maclay Cup for Art), Saint Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 – ‘Little Wonders’, Hill Smith Gallery
2015 – ‘Life After Death’ Hill Smith Gallery
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
‘Wet, Wild & Wooly’, RSASA
‘Authentic Adelaide’, Adelaide Town Hall
Helpmann Academy’s ‘kaleidoscope’, Peter Walker Gallery
Youthscape 2016’, RSASA
‘Rainy Days’ Exhibition, RSASA
‘Characters of the Fleurieu’, Signal Point Gallery, Goolwa,
RSASA Major Fundraiser Art Ballot, ‘Selection Royal 3’

2016 
Fringe Exhibition ‘Out of the Box’, Royal South Australian Society Of the Arts (RSASA)

2015 
‘The Tugs of War’, Royal South Australian Society Arts
‘Helpmann Academy Graduates Exhibition 2015’, Drill Hal Adelaide

2014
‘EXIT’ Graduation Exhibition- Adelaide College of the Arts

Olivia Dryden

Black spinal with finch necklace


Medium:
Black spinal, sterling silver

Dimensions:
40 x 30 cm

$700
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

succulent with baroque pearls, hand made sterling silver chain


Medium:
Baroque freshwater pearls, sterling silver

Dimensions:
20 x 15 cm

$950
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

geraldton wax drop earrings


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
6.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm

NB: Can be made to order

$150
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

beauty after death


Medium:
Magpie skeleton, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls

 

$1,250
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

clutching pearl studs


Medium:
Sterling silver, AAA quality freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
2.5 x 1.2 cm

 

$300
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

magpie's fortune necklace


Medium:
Baroque black freshwater pearls, sterling silver

Dimensions:
15 x 19 cm

$950

Olivia Dryden

Geraldton wax and ivy leaf bracelet


Medium:
Sterling silver

Dimensions:
7 x 6.5 cm

$600

Olivia Dryden

drop of blood studs


Medium:
Sterling silver, garnet

Dimensions:
3.8 x 0.6 cm

 

$300

Olivia Dryden

nature's beauty bracelet


Medium:
Sterling silver

Dimensions:
7 x 7 cm

$600

Olivia Dryden

galah claw, freshwater pearls long necklace


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
52 x 2 cm

$950

Olivia Dryden

succulent and freshwater pearls necklace


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
21 x 7.5 cm

$950
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

Petite Coverts


Medium:
Honey eater wings, Swarovski crystals, wood and glass

Dimensions:
21.5 x 16.5 cm

$550

Olivia Dryden

kaleidescope Plumage


Medium:
Pigeon wings, sterling silver, Swarovski crystals

Dimensions:
42.5 x 35 cm

$1,150

Olivia Dryden

encrusted collar


Medium:
Rainbow Lorikeet head, sterling silver, Swarovski cfrystals, iolite, peridot, carnelian

Dimensions:
26 x 30 cm
 

$950

Olivia Dryden

African violet flower and freshwater pearls, studs


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
6.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm

$350
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

Baroque freshwater pearls with bird claw drops


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
6.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm

$350
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

geraldton wax studs, earrings


Medium:
Sterling silver

DImensions:
6.2 x 2.3 cm

*NB: Can be made to order

 

$150
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

bone flower earrings


Medium:
Sterling silver, antique carved bone

Dimensions:
6.2 x 2.3 x 1.2 cm

$250

Olivia Dryden

succulent and rock crystals drops


Medium:
Sterling silver, rock crystals

Dimensions:

4.3 x 2.5 cm

$350
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

bit of fluff drops


Medium:
Sterling silver, recycled fur

Dimensions:
7.3 x 4.2 cm

 

$200

Olivia Dryden

rose quartz drops with small flowers


Medium:
Sterling silver, rose quartz

Dimensions:
3.5 x 1.4 cm

 

$300
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

onyx drops


Medium:
Onyx, sterling silver

Dimensions:
4.8 x 7 cm

$350

Olivia Dryden

geraldton wax and lemon quartz drop earrings


Medium:
Sterling silver, lemon quartz

Dimensions:
4.2 x 1.5 cm

 

$300

Olivia Dryden

succulent and amethyst drop earrings


Medium:
Sterling silver, amethyst

Dimensions:
4 x 1.4 cm

 

$300

Olivia Dryden

conifer drops


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls, labradorite

Dimensions:
5.5 x 1.4 cm

 

$250

Olivia Dryden

chrysoprase petal necklace


Medium:
Sterling silver, chrysoprase

Dimensions:
16 x 14 cm

 

$700

Olivia Dryden

petals and pearls necklace


Medium:
Freshwater pearls, sterling silver

Dimensions:
20 x 15 cm

 

$800

Olivia Dryden

silver galah claw and smoky quartz with hand made chain


Medium:
Sterling silver, smoky quartz

Dimensions:
23 x 15 cm

 

$800

Olivia Dryden

silver druzy quartz with possum's vertebrae


Medium:
Sterling silver, silver druzy quartz

Dimensions:
15.5 x 16 cm

 

$700

Olivia Dryden

freshwater pearl rosary


Medium:
Sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Dimensions:
36 x 5 cm

 

$700
SOLD

Olivia Dryden

gold geraldton wax and citrine drop


Medium:
Sterling silver plated in 18ct gold, 9ct gold, citrine

Dimensions:
19 x 11 cm

 

$950

Olivia Dryden

leafy sea dragon with aquamarine


Medium:
Sterling silver, aquamarine

Dimensions:
21.5 x 9 cm

 

$500

Olivia Dryden

charm bangle


Medium:
Sterling silver, AAA grade freshwater pearl

Dimensions:
8 x 7 cm

 

$350
SOLD

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