Karin Findeis is a producer of ‘bijoux’, jewellery that plays in the spaces between our understanding of the body and the object. She is interested in the way jewellery, and other objects, link us as individuals with the rest of the world. The intimacy and portability of jewellery play an important role in this connection. Her ideas explore the philosophical presence of jewellery through addressing the notions of transience, perception, memory and collecting. Many of these ideas have their origins in her early studies in photography, and more recently a major source of interest has been the Enlightenment, where the acquisition of knowledge lay in the objects that were collected.
Karin has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally since 1988. Alongside making she also curates and occasionally writes about jewellery. In 2006 she was the curator and coordinator of on Location: making stories the 12th biennial conference of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia held in Sydney. She is currently curating By Example: contemporary Australian jewellery, to be presented at the Museum of Arts and Crafts Itami in Japan in March 2010.
Karin completed her doctorate at the University of Western Sydney in 2008, with the exhibition, samples, and a thesis entitled Locating Author Jewellery: a taxonomy of objects. She has previously received a Master Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and has also studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.
Born in Newcastle, Karin is a first-generation Australian. After living in Europe for several years she is now based in Sydney where she holds the position of Chair of the Jewellery and Object Studio at Sydney College of the Arts.