Sunday, March 1, 2009

art or jewelry?

When I'm making things, or planning to make them, I find that I always have these disparate conflicting ideas. When I'm making jewelry, I have all these figurative ideas that I want to communicate, and when I'm drawing, I just want to create shapes and patterns. Mostly because I often have trouble reconciling jewelry and wearable arts with the idea of high fine art in my head. I've read all the reasoning, and I know the old sculpture vs. painting debate that goes back to Da Vinci and Michelangelo... but, sometimes, I dunno, I can't find the place where they crossover in my head, at least in a modern, contemporary context.

I ask you, dear readers, what does jewelry mean to you? Is it disposable, plastic nonsense to be worn a few times as a kitschy cute statement. Is it an heirloom to be treasured. Is its value measured in diamonds and gold. Does it communicate socially your culture or status. Or, is it extremely personal, a decoration that shows off your own sense of style and taste. (style and taste being a whole other argument there.) Or something else, you tell me.

In the meantime, this is an image I've had in my head the past 2 days. Modern goddess, demon, or simply a manifestation of conflicting emotions? I'm getting somewhere...

and a decent image of one of my spiral enamels:


  1. I like that character (drawing) a lot. The ribbon detail is nice and the head is disturbing. And, not to be too weird, I had a crazy dream last night and there was this character that looked almost exactly like that. I'm scared.

    I want to offer thoughts on your jewelry/art dilemma, but I can't seem to do it with a short enough response not to seem like a complete lunatic... so for another time perhaps...

    PS. Anders lives.

  2. For me, jewelry is meaningful ornament.

    I don't own much--I think a one-of-a-kind watch I bought a long time ago from a business that only occupied that storefront in Cambridge, Mass for only a couple of months and seemed to be for all intents and purposes a Russian mob front (they left after a suspicious fire), I think that watch qualifies.

    I also used to have a ring shaped like Ganesh, but I have no idea where it is.