Tiffany Parbs

Tiffany Parbs reinterprets 18th century medical tools to create works of small objects which carry with them an implication of an intimate relationship with the body. Parbs is based in South Australia at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design; her project has been assisted by Arts SA and the Australia Council.

Probe reinterprets 18th century medical tools to create a series of small objects which carry with them an implication of an intimate relationship with the body. During a residency at the Silversmithing & Jewellery Dept of the Glasgow School of Art, Tiffany Parbs started by looking at old surgical and dental tools and from there developed a series of probes – tools which might be used for examining body orifices as well as surfaces. The artist hopes that these little, delicate and enigmatic objects will suggest the distress that people experience when they are forced to place their faith in and surrender their bodies to surgeons with sterile instruments. Some of the probes will actually pinch skin or magnify and emboss it, jewellery which temporarily alters how we look. Parbs is based in SA at the JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design; her project has been assisted by Arts SA and the Australia Council.

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