Jewelry is an extremely powerful, intimate form of artistic expression. It wraps itself around you, it touches your skin, and connects with the warmth of your body, imbuing it with life. Jewelry is a form of non-verbal communication, created and worn to convey and evoke an emotional response. Its message is read and its impact is felt in a matter of seconds.
As the artist, the jewelry I create is imbued with the expressions of my emotions, thoughts, and feelings. In my work, equal consideration is given to the wearer and the beholder.
The wearer responds to the work objectively and becomes the curator and gallery for the work when it is worn. For the wearer, the power of jewelry lies in its ability to transform when adorned. Jewelry takes over, and the wearer can never be divorced from a sensory experience. Jewelry rests against the skin the entire time it is worn. It is an intimate and deeply personal experience. The wearer would not adorn their Self in jewelry that did not touch their soul or speak to their heart.
The wearer, thinking about their own response to their jewelry, imagines observing a response in the beholder. A deliberate choice is made as to which piece of jewelry to wear and where it will place it on their body. In this way, the wearer's subjectivity is revealed in conscious action, and in the process of adornment, they become an artist themselves. Jewelry is their medium-an extremely intimate expression, a symbol of their true essence.
In turn, the beholder also responds to this image subjectively and has a personal response to the wearer and their jewelry, intuitively recognizing the transformation. The power of jewelry as a medium of art lies not only in its form and function, its relationship to the body, and unique possibilities for display, but also in its multiple layers of transference. In effect, jewelry becomes a transmutation of emotional experience from the artist to the wearer to the beholder.
Here is a project I did at Savannah College of Art and Design. The concept of the project was to convey the transformative properties of jewelry.