born Australia, 1968
Short Conveyor 1997 (from the series Lightmoves)
glass (heat resistant), titanium, 925 sterling silver
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with the assistance of Lou and Mary Senini, 1997
Tilden has always been fascinated by repetition and gradation; lightness; precision and mechanical movement; and the inherent beauty of glass and metals. Her unique repurposing of industrial and salvaged materials, from her earliest to her most recent works, proposes redefinitions of value and meaning.
The beautiful economy of industrial models and their moving parts stimulated a number of key early works, including Short Conveyor, 1997. With its emphatic alternation of glass cylinders and flat titanium bars, this necklace gives a radically abbreviated account of the action of the standard conveyor belt.