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Black, Tracy Lee
Sherman, SondraPapac, SethClark, Rulon
Solace is an exhibition of neckpieces that present jewelry as a source of physical comfort. Placed on the body and intimate in scale, jewelry fosters an interaction between an individual and an object. Historically jewelry has 'functioned' as personal adornment, self-expression, status indicator, and memory keeper, taking into consideration the body of the wearer. More recently, artistic expression has become the primary focus in contemporary jewelry, with the wearer a secondary consideration. In contrast, my pieces consider the experience of the wearer integral to the work by recreating the sensation of comforting touch. Medical research has shown that firm pressure touch to the upper torso reduces anxiety and can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. The available therapeutic choices are effective but utilitarian and announce themselves as medical interventions. The neckpieces presented in Solace are an attractive alternative that are recognized and function as adornment. The physiological sensation of calmness or reduced anxiety conferred by the neckpieces is a fundamental component of my work. Solace is comprised of twelve one-of-a-kind and a production series of 15 neckpieces inspired by traditional jewelry such as the pearl, chain or rope necklace. The neckpieces are made from soft materials containing steel shot that gives weight to the forms and allows them to conform to the body. Classical jewelry forms that incorporate metal components emphasize that these neckpieces are adornment. The series of fifteen neckpieces were included in Solace for viewers to wear while attending the exhibition. Simple in form with slight variations to allow for individual selection, they are presented on hooks for easy removal. The physiological sensation of these neckpieces on the body is a fundamental component of this work; providing pieces to wear allows a deeper understanding. Solace was displayed in the University Gallery at San Diego State University from April 20th through the 30th. Images of this thesis project are on file at the School of Art + Design at San Diego State University.
Art and Design
Professional Studies and Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) San Diego State University, 2015
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