Fleur Yorston studied sculpture at art school and exhibits now as a painter, but jewellery remains her abiding passion. As a teenager in Auckland, she learnt to work with copper at nightschool with Andrea Daly and began to string together her beachcombing treasures of driftwood, paua, flax pods and bird bones to make wearable art. The viability of these skills was tested by three years at art school in Dunedin in the early 1990s where she sold her shell earrings and pendants to fellow students while completing a major
in sculpture. Paintings from the period evidenced a similarly tribal shtick with heavily scarred bitumen surfaces often marked with hand and foot prints.
After years travelling and working in Australia, Britain, Ireland and Thailand, Yorston has returned to Dunedin, and is refining her aesthetic in the light of her cultural experiences. Rather than separating her
craft from her art, she has made one the subject of the other. Still characterised by her trademark ‘aged look’ sepia tones and worked surfaces underneath, her latest paintings have become adorned with silver and gold. Jewellery’s materials and forms are now motif and metaphor in her paintings.
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