Running Line
       
     
Crepuscular Sum
       
     
Late Night Break
       
     
Late Night Break
       
     
Fragonard's Window
       
     
Fragonard's Window
       
     
Thursday Charm
       
     
Wednesday Charm
       
     
Weekday Charms
       
     
Running Line
       
     
Running Line

2018
Steel, paint

Crepuscular Sum
       
     
Crepuscular Sum

2017
Steel, paint

Late Night Break
       
     
Late Night Break
Late Night Break
       
     
Late Night Break
Fragonard's Window
       
     
Fragonard's Window
Fragonard's Window
       
     
Fragonard's Window
Thursday Charm
       
     
Thursday Charm
Wednesday Charm
       
     
Wednesday Charm

Weekday charms: we can all use them, at work and in love. Vanessa Brown makes metal sculpture with a light hand and a playful heart. Her vertical sculpture Wednesday Charmholds stormy weather atop with a silver cloud and lightning bolt over an empty wine bottle disgorging its last drop. These float above a fetching red high-heel shoe. Looks like the party lasted longer than the weekend. Is this good or bad luck?

Brown’s sculpture melds popular culture, jewellery, decor and craft, but leaves the question of meaning open, ambiguously posed by the objects she assembles. From the early 20th century craze of decorative bracelets dangling miniature objects, launched by the unlikely, staunch Queen Victoria, to its popular role as a de rigeur rite of passage for young ladies in the 1950s, the charm bracelet has seen several resurgences. I have a penchant for bracelets, but alas, no charm bracelet in my collection. Vanessa Brown’s Wednesday Charmtempts me to get started, with hers. –Jessica Bradley, curator and collections advisor

Weekday Charms
       
     
Weekday Charms