2020 Grad Show

Caleb Witvoet

AUArts Grad Show wallflower

Jewellery & Metals

Renovation is the process for the renewal and restructuring of existing buildings, ranging from the many layers of built spaces to their underlying structures. Ever present in my life, growing up in the house my parents were renovating, and later working for my dad doing home renovation. Now I use renovation as a theoretical approach to inner development: by noting how my experiences are affected by the underpinnings of my being, I build from a position uninhibited by recurring disfunction. Understanding how a wall is put up and its cause, informs my relation with the wall. I integrate forms and material sourced from renovation in my jewellery practice to connect the body as a work site for the shaping of lived experience into congruent purpose.
All renovations are perhaps in a state of wrecking or rebuilding, sometimes both at once or may be not in either. Structures in progress remind me that "undoing" is active and creates possibilities for new direction. The bent form repeats across my work, each time as a redirection of some structure which seemed rigid before the act of renovation.

Board of Governors Graduating Student Award Recipient - Jewellery and Metals

Bent Wall Frames - Series

The series of “Bent Wall Frames" are structures perhaps in a state of wrecking or rebuilding, sometimes both at once and now are not in either. Wood is recycled and left broken, seemingly stuck in peculiar degrees of finish and far from what is considered done. Structures in progress remind me that "undoing" is active and creates possibilities for new direction. The bent form repeats across my work, each time as a redirection of some structure which seemed rigid before the act of renovation. In “Liminal Cedar Broach” the wearer participates in the process by using a tiny crowbar to pry a silver nail which releases the mounting panel, underscoring the liminal state of renovation and the body’s role in [un]doing the work.

Renovation Prints

Exhibiting the standardized and ordered systems of renovation through methods of printing. The printed oak floor boards are laid on the press in just the same order as if being properly mounted to a sub-floor. SPF is the name for dimensional lumber either "spruce, pine, or fir" and I chose the colours for the variations of "SPF Wall Frame" based on the needles of these trees. Self expression is possible through the arrangement of multiples and in spite of all the regulated standards for building.