My current work is an exploration of the relationship between jewelry and the body. By stripping jewelry of its’ tactility and tangibility, I am questioning it’s obligation to the body as a physical ornament. With projection methods, I am creating an entirely new form of body adornment in order to investigate the sentiment of touch in experiencing a jewelry piece. This body of work challenges me to create a sensory feeling in new and unexpected ways.
While wearers of my work may not actually feel a concrete, tactile piece of jewelry interacting with their body, they may undergo other meaningful sensory experiences around the jewelry. For example, one might feel heat on their body coming from projector lights or one may be emotionally captivated by the rarity of such a phenomena.
Furthermore, this body of work creates an interesting dialog among other types of body adornment, such as tattoos, clothing, and makeup and raises questions about the boundaries between such types of adornment. For example, one might ask if a nipple pastie be considered jewelry or clothing. In this case, the defining factor may be considered it’s location on the body. My work cultivates a space to further question the reasons, if any, for parameters between different types of body adornment. It also functions to question the sentiment of things like object permanence in jewelry.
My work is comprised of three components; projector, material, and body. They work together in an unexpected way, completely relying on one another to create a nontraditional jewelry experience. Without some sort of light, or projector, we have merely just a material and a body, with minimal interaction. Without a body, it could be considered that we still have a jewelry piece, however it would appear to be inactive. And without material to cast light and shadow onto the body we would be void of an actual jewelry piece. Basically, I am breaking the actual jewelry object into two parts; the material and projector. Collectively they interact with the body as jewelry, however, they do not do the same alone.
Furthermore, this type of work may allude to questions in regards to jewelry and it’s surrounding space. For example, what are the implications of a jewelry made for a specific space? Might it’s ephemeral qualities add or subtract to it’s sentiment? My work explores these questions by force, as it needs certain specific requirement of light and space to become jewelry.
My main material of choice is acrylic sheet in multiple colors and transparency levels. The transparency of acrylic sheet and also color refractive qualities inherent of acrylic, make this material a meaningful choice in my work. The material serves as an optimal recipient of projected light and color as well as a good conductor of both.