Monique Connell trained as a painter at East Sydney Tech, Australia, between 1991 – 93. She won the Waverly Art Award in Australia in 1993 and was also a finalist in the Wallace Art Award in New Zealand in 2001. By the mid 1990s she had also begun to explore her expression through the art of jewellery.
“Working in metal allows me to connect with ancient tradition, that of silver-smithing, adornment and talisman. I have always had a love affair with jewellery and so I find it my lucky destiny to bemaking it. I love its beauty, its form, its tactile nature and the fact that it is everlasting and often handed down from one person to another. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.
In my minds eye I imagine my pieces being dug up hundreds of years from now amidst plastic bags and computer consoles and I smile.
I gather my inspiration from visions, memories, and an appreciation for the beauty and form of my surroundings, including architecture, elements of landscape and natural forms. I am also inspired by ancient cultures… the Celts, the Mayans, the Egyptians, Medieval Europe and Religious Iconography.”
Monique”s work has been exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Pieces are held in collections worldwide.