Sieglinde KARL-SPENCE, Relics of a lost culture Enlarge 1 /1


Lahr, Germany born 1943

  • to Australia 1953
  • to England 1968-1982.

Relics of a lost culture 1988 Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: jewellery, carved driftwood, string
Primary Insc: Each piece of driftwood inscised with descriptions of the lost culture

Dimensions: 124.0 h cm 39.0 h cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of John McPhee 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.1417

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Sieglinde Karl works in the arena of jewellery, making pieces such as Relics of a lost culture, a large, bandolier-like object, where the entire body is used as a point of departure. Karl has inscribed linked driftwood ‘message sticks’ with her own and friends’ writing and poetry, commenting on the fragility of the ecology and the indigenous culture of Tasmania.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra