Skin (Plastic Animal), 2017, calfskin leather, reused HDPE plastic, cotton
When all that is left are plastic rocks, plastic plants and plastic animals.
Gabbee Stolp’s work involves a philosophical exploration of spirituality, mythology and human connectedness with the natural world, together with a belief in the inseparability of life and death. Through this exploration Gabbee opens herself to the idea that all animals will die and that this death has a necessary presence in our human lives. Using materials thoughtfully sourced from the lives of animals, Gabbee works with jewellery and object making in order to provoke ideas of the biological and the metaphysical, and to inspire a connection with nature through art.
Gabbee recently completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts) (Honours) at RMIT University, where her work Thylacine Ghosts: Paying Homage to a Lost Creature explored the disconnect between humans and nature that lead to the human induced extinction of the thylacine, and continues to drive mass extinction throughout the Anthopocene epoch.