STEEL: art design architecture




Born 1969, Melbourne, Victoria

Lives Melbourne, Victoria

At first it may come as a surprise that the work of Maureen Faye-Chauhan is inspired by the natural world. Her jewellery formed with fine laser-cut steel components welded together seemingly hold a visual affinity closer to complex mathematical problems or possible designs for futuristic architectural projects, compared to the more sinuous lines and organic forms we usually equate with nature. However, Faye-Chauhan derives inspiration from her deep-seated and ongoing fascination for the way plants and other organic forms grow, develop and manifest themselves in the environment. As you delve into the forms of Faye-Chauhan’s jewellery and investigate the world she inhabits, links to natural world abound. 

Faye-Chauhan studied at Monash University under the tutelage of respected Australian jewellers Marian Hoskings and Mascha Moje, completing a Master of Fine Art in 2008. Her work has been exhibited at leading internationally events including Schmuck Munich in Germany and SOFA New York in the United States. In 2015 Faye-Chauhan was awarded the Australian Decorative and Fine Art Societies Emerging Artist Award at The BUDA Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Awards.

The play of light, finds expression in Faye-Chauhan’s jewellery. Generated with fine steel planes perforated with holes accentuating the form, Faye-Chauhan’s jewellery creates optical effects that reflect her fascination with moire patterns. These patterns are further expressed when the brooches, necklaces or earrings are worn, as the movement of the wearer’s body further enlivens the angles and planes.