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Luke Hammond

In This Unfolding

Through the use of silversmithing techniques I translate scientific and philosophical ideas into delicate and intricate forms. By carving and manipulating wax I transfer the dynamic processes observed in nature at the macro and micro scale into precious metal. Further experimentation in surface colouration and stone setting techniques allows me to bring these objects to life. Through this approach, my works experiment with the phenomena of biophillia to generate immediate connection with the viewer whilst simultaneously encouraging reflection on what lies below the surface of our beings.

Informed by neuroscientific discoveries in the areas of consciousness and perception, my work seeks to connect these new ideas with themes of spirituality. We exist in an era where advanced imaging technology is providing a window to directly observe the neuronal activity which creates our sense of consciousness. These advancements, and their implications, serve as a key area of exploration in my artistic practice. As with my work in biomedical imaging, the objects I create are intended to make the invisible visible, both in anatomical form and the broader concepts they represent.

The works presented in this submission are handmade silver sculptures of neural form set with precious stones including sapphires, rubies, topaz and amethyst. Made for the exhibition In This Unfolding, they explore the philosophical concept of ‘coming out of the world’ as opposed to ‘coming into the world’. Mirrored forms from the micro to macro are used to convey the repetition of this story across scale and time and illustrate the changing states of consciousness from birth to death.

Media Used: Sterling silver, sapphires, topaz, gold vermeil, patina

Luke Maninoy Hammond’s practice is focused on reimagining biological form to explore themes of impermanence, consciousness and the connection between all living things. Through the study of organic structures that define life he creates novel objects with the intent to instill a sense of wonder whilst also probing at complex spiritual and scientific ideas. Inspired by my continuing work in biomedical imaging and neuroscience research, these works consist of fine jewelery, sculpture and printed images.

He currently works at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at the University of Queensland where he has been managing their world leading neuroscientific imaging facility for the past 8 years. Here, he works with researchers studying consciousness, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia and other themes in neuroscience. His role at QBI involves teaching and exploring new methods for imaging neurons and brain tissue along with developing novel ways of exploring the beautiful images captured using these techniques.