Gabbee Stolp ~ State of Flux
Gabbee is a Tasmanian-born artist, based in nipaluna/Hobart. Gabbee’s artistic practice exists across several mediums, with a primary focus on object-making, textiles and contemporary jewellery. Her works explore human inter-connectedness with nature, evoking both biological and metaphysical themes and examining the current geological epoch, dubbed the Anthropocene, during which time human impacts on the environment have become indelible.
The thoughtful use of natural and sustainable materials is integral to Gabbee’s practice, as is a focus on the processes involved in making. Gabbee constructs pieces predominately through the act of sewing, a gesture she considers to be both nurturing and restorative. With this gesture she aims to remind the wearer of the strength and the value of human tenderness and the depth and vulnerability of our more-than-human world.
In 2016 Gabbee completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) at RMIT University, where her major studio area was Object Based Practice/Gold and Silversmithing. In 2017 Gabbee was a recipient of the Maggie Fairweather studio residency at RMIT and a finalist in the Victorian Craft Awards. Gabbee relocated back to Tasmania in 2018 and was a recipient of a Contemporary Art Tasmania studio residency in 2019. Gabbee is a finalist in the 2021 Women’s Art Prize Tasmania and is a founding member of State of Flux Workshop in Hobart.
Herring (brooch), 2021
Leather, cotton thread, onyx, steel
Rollmop (brooch), 2021
Leather, cotton thread, carnelian, steel
Hollandse Nieuwe (brooch), 2021
Leather cotton thread, garnet, steel
Soft Chains (necklace), 2021
Leather, cotton thread
Soft Shelled (collar), 2021
Found shells, leather, cotton thread
Soft Shelled (necklace), 2020
Found shells, leather, velvet, cotton thread