The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Dorothy Erickson: Più di Cinquanta

The work of Western Australian artist-jeweller Dr Dorothy Erickson AO is celebrated in this exhibition that spans the artist's 50-year career.


Event Details



Event Starts

Mar 21, 2024

Event Ends

Jun 30, 2024

This exhibition celebrates over fifty years of designing and making jewellery by Western Australian born Dorothy Erickson as part of Perth Design Week 2024.

The work of Western Australian artist-jeweller Dr Dorothy Erickson AM is celebrated in this exhibition spanning the artist’s 50-year career.

Più di Cinquanta features State Art Collection works alongside a rich array of loans, including special pieces from Erickson’s personal collection.

A highlight of the exhibition is Erickson’s Hesperia Collection, a celebration of her creative predecessors. As Erickson says, it’s a “homage to the women who were among the first to make art their profession in Western Australia”.

Another key theme are works inspired by Western Australia’s unique flora. Few pieces are literal translations, though. Instead, her pieces evoke the colour, form or habitats of individual species of plants as Erickson’s works move with the body in joyous twinkling movement.

Awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in January 2024, Erickson was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia Hall of Fame in 2020. Piú di Cinquanta is a culmination of that recognition. Her work has been exhibited in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas and represented in collections including the V&A, Swiss National Museum, National Gallery of Australia, Dallas Museum of Art, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim and The Art Gallery of Western Australia.

A new biography on the life and work of the artist Dorothy Erickson: Metamorphosis, Mookaite and the Metropolis will accompany this Western Australian showcase.

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