Wearable Objects and Sculptural Jewelry
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition for
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE)
by Jillian Palone
May 8 - June 12, 2010
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
Saturday, May 15, 2010
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Jillian Palone, A Master of Fine Art candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) presents her MFA exhibition of wearable objects and sculptural jewelry in PHD's Portfolio Gallery. Bright, colorful sculptural forms are beautiful to see but are intended for interaction. They are touched, held in hand, and draped on the body. Twenty (20) of Palone’s works are on view May 8 through June 12, 2010, with an opening reception for the artist Saturday May 15, 2010 from 7:00- 10:00 PM.
Palone maintains that jewelry is not only an object that can slip beautifully over your finger, around your wrist or around your neck, but can also come to life on the body. The body becomes an adorning device, canvas, or environment for the jewelry to exist. Palone’s work revolves around a fascination of instinctive survival mechanisms that exist in all life forms. She draws inspiration from the colors and forms humans are attracted to in nature and also those we are fearful of as well. By studying the basic survival instincts of multi-celled organisms and aquatic inhabitants, she has molded her pieces around the physical forms of these unique species.
The artist intends the pieces not only to be viewed, but also to be handled, wrapped between the fingers, or gently embraced. The works combine different materials such as metal, polymers, and enamel, and the artist manipulates their surfaces with alternative techniques to individualize each piece.
"As the creator of objects intended for the body, I involve the viewer with a more intimate perspective of my artwork. The viewer becomes the wearer and therefore gets to touch and feel what I do as the creator. I intend to raise the wearer's awareness of the objects and challenge the notion of wear-ability. The body becomes an adorning device, canvas, or environment for the jewelry to exist. I want my work to create a language with the body while being worn, held or touched. Awareness and response is required to fully interact with the jewelry as it may compromise everyday function. The interaction between each individual wearer is a solitary and unique experience."