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Rock Hybrids


Already more than 20 years ago I got given decorative displays from a TV studio set while living in Rotterdam. These were a mix of fabrics, fabric trimmings, women mannequins, birds and other plastic and textile animals that were going to be discarded. Someone asked: Do you want all this rubbish?, Hell yes”, I said. Since that moment, they’ve been with me. I’ve always treasure them and they have been popping into my art practice at different times in my life. They are part of those cooking ingredients I regularly use…

So, AND the red bird is out of the cage and going into the cooking pot! what can I do this time… “chop the head! make it into a hybrid”… now we are talking a different language… connecting the organic and the inorganic…

Arabel Lebrusan

Arabel Lebrusan is a visual artist working in sculpture and jewellery and based in the UK. Focusing on transforming materials into physical metaphors — such as toxic mercury from small scale gold mining into a child’s tinny hand — she seeks to amplify the voices of the people and the land falling through the cracks of the system. She has exhibited and created site-specific installations at The Higgins Bedford (2021); Brighton CCA (2021); Women’s Support Centre, Surrey (2021); Museum of St.Albans (2015); St.Paul’s Square, Bedford (2012); Art in Fuse, Rotterdam (2005); Lunâ Art Collective Gallery, Cebu (2004); Gesundbrunnen bunker, Berlin (2000). Her TEDx talk on ethical jewellery and her latest campaign raising funds for Global March against Child Labour are examples of her international campaign work. She was also awarded Designer of the Year (2017) by the National Association of Jewellers, UK and was the winner of Eastern Approaches (2014) at UH Galleries, Museum of St.Albans.