A fresh perspective on the display of jewellery as pure art
When I think of the way I adorn myself in terms of its ‘art appeal’, I tend to think of fashion designers, occasionally about jewellery designers and fashion itself. So I think more about the makers and their final product (as part of a larger industry) rather than about the independent existence of the cloth or the metal itself. Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle displays jewellery pieces for its own sake — as works of art. It hosts exhibitions and has an antique and vintage collection, so one could easily be walking into an art exhibition of metal or glasswork.
Could this in any way change how we think of jewellery: as stylish accessories we use to complement our outfits? Displayed alone, to be enjoyed for their own beauty, the pieces of jewellery would definitely stop being accessories or additions. Our ideas on what jewellery is would not change though. They would only be enhanced. The very idea that we were wearing pieces that could easily be taken off and displayed in a glass case somewhere would probably influence the way we dressed ourselves and carried ourselves — perhaps making us more bold, or more poised.
The gallery’s current exhibition Tilling Time/Telling Time is revolves around the theme of narratives of the past. It was planned to accompany the launch of author Karen Lorene’s book of the same title and theme. You’ll find brooches in the shape of birds and butterflies as a part of the collection.
Robert Ebendorf’s brooch Lady in Red is of a small girl whose torso sticks out of a red disk. She holds a gold chain in her hand — a continuation of the brooch — that makes it look like a pendant. Cythia Toops’ polymer micro mosaic brooches show scenes from village life: a rooster’s head and a woman in the fields picking flowers. Anne Fischer’s Keats/Storm Ring is a chunky gold and silver ring with a carving of a verse from Keats’ poem To Autumn (in bold capital letters).
The jewellery from the exhibition does go on sale for the ones would like to narrate a story — a story that can be taken off and would still shine on its own. This is the special appeal of jewellery art — the fact that one can be capricious and admiring of the original according to one’s moods and needs.
— Shamoni Sarkar, Editor (Art)
Cynthia Toops, Untitled, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, © Dan Adams
Kit Carson, “Perched Raven”, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, © Kit Carson
Robert Ebendorf, “Lady in Red”, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, © Mary Klacza
Anne Fischer, “Keats/Storm Ring”, Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, © Anne Fischer