Dorothy Erickson

Artist Statement

My work has varied considerably over the years with enduring interests being colour, geometry and nature. I work often with stainless steel cable that facilitates movement but also, as my paternal grandfather had a goldmine, I am drawn to the malleability and lustre of precious metal.

I make bodies of work which reflect the light and land forms of Western Australia and others where the focus has been more on kinetics in jewellery reflecting the movement of native birds, or of underwater life in rock pools along our seashore.

After years of spending time working and exhibiting in Austria one special collection focused on precious gemstones to translate the paintings of Gustav Klimt into jewels to wear.

My newest work, a tribute to my mother the eminent naturalist, historian and botanical artist Dr Rica Erickson, takes Western Australian wildflowers as its inspiration.

Having exhibited internationally since 1979 my work is found in private collections worldwide as well as major art museums on several continents.

Dorothy Erickson

Selection of Works

Flight over Aqua Waters pectoral on acrylic stand from The Birds collection, 18ct gold, aquamarine, steel cable, 210 x 130 x 7mm, 2010, photo D. Erickson

Poesie brooch from the Homage to Klimt collection, 18ct gold, carnelian, citrine, 45 x 60 x 10mm, 2003, photo D. Erickson

Knight in Shining Armour bracelet, stainless steel, sterling silver, 18ct gold, 100 x 90 x 18mm, 2002, photo D. Erickson

Banksia grandis – Bull banksia, pendant and rope, , 164.43cts ‘lemonite’ quartz, 18ct gold on an oxidised sterling silver and 18ct gold mesh rope, 2008. Dryandra formosa pendant, 18ct gold, 39.91cts citrine on an oxidised sterling silver and 18ct gold milanese mesh collar, 2008, photo D. Erickson

Grevillea eryostachia – Yellow flame grevillea, bracelet, oxidized sterling silver, peridot, citrine, tourmaline, and gold-plated brass, 150 x 140 x 6mm, 2012, photo D. Erickson

Dampiera linearis pendant, gold-plated sterling silver, lapis lazuli, steel cable,. Pendant 150 x 150 x 150mm, chain 1100mm long, 2014, photo Acorn Studios

Rhodanthe Manglesii – Wildflower carpet necklace, 18ct gold, 10.4cts multi-coloured natural sapphires, steel mesh rope, 370 x 130 x 25mm, 2015, photo D. Erickson

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Flight over Aqua Waters pectoral on acrylic stand from The Birds collection, 18ct gold, aquamarine, steel cable, 210 x 130 x 7mm, 2010, photo D. Erickson

Poesie brooch from the Homage to Klimt collection, 18ct gold, carnelian, citrine, 45 x 60 x 10mm, 2003, photo D. Erickson

Knight in Shining Armour bracelet, stainless steel, sterling silver, 18ct gold, 100 x 90 x 18mm, 2002, photo D. Erickson

Banksia grandis – Bull banksia, pendant and rope, , 164.43cts ‘lemonite’ quartz, 18ct gold on an oxidised sterling silver and 18ct gold mesh rope, 2008. Dryandra formosa pendant, 18ct gold, 39.91cts citrine on an oxidised sterling silver and 18ct gold milanese mesh collar, 2008, photo D. Erickson

Grevillea eryostachia – Yellow flame grevillea, bracelet, oxidized sterling silver, peridot, citrine, tourmaline, and gold-plated brass, 150 x 140 x 6mm, 2012, photo D. Erickson

Dampiera linearis pendant, gold-plated sterling silver, lapis lazuli, steel cable,. Pendant 150 x 150 x 150mm, chain 1100mm long, 2014, photo Acorn Studios

Rhodanthe Manglesii – Wildflower carpet necklace, 18ct gold, 10.4cts multi-coloured natural sapphires, steel mesh rope, 370 x 130 x 25mm, 2015, photo D. Erickson

Grevillea paradoxa, necklace, sterling silver, 18ct gold, steel mesh and cable, tourmaline, rhodolite, gold-plated beads, 350 x 150 x 50mm, 2015, photo D. Erickson

Diplolaena augustifolia – Yanchep Rose, necklace, sterling silver, 18ct gold, carnelian, gold-plated silver beads, steel cable and mesh, 400 x 250 x 30mm, 2012, photo D. Erickson

Dampiera Lindleyi, necklace, steel cable, lapis lazuli, gold-plated silver beads, titanium, 300 x 300 x 20mm, 2014, photo D. Erickson

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