Maureen Faye-Chauhan


stainless steel
3 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Exploring the artistic possibilities of technologies such as Computer Aided Design and 3D printing, Australian artist Maureen Faye-Chauhan creates unusual wearable adornments that seem to fall between the organic structures of nature and the linear geometries of industry and architecture. Her brooch, which has eight faces and echoes the complex form of an octahedron, is made up of repeated elements. As the wearer moves, the work changes in response to new patterns of light and shade; volumes and forms appear and disappear, in an echo of natural rhythms. “I am constantly, somewhat obsessively, looking at the differences and similarities of the growth/energy patterns/structures in plants, fungi, sea creatures and rock formations,” she says. “In the workshop I endeavour to create forms that speak of multiple entities.” Faye-Chauhan graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Monash University, Melbourne, in 2004, followed by an honors degree in Fine Art and a Masters degree in Fine Art from the same institution, completing her studies in 2008. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, and the United States, and is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.