AboutThis studio course surveys the many ways in which contemporary artists respond to, remake, and intervene in places, and teaches students to articulate their own creative responses to place. We will be working intensively in Providence’s Jewelry District, collaboratively creating a public artwork and developing each person’s creative practice in response to the narrative and aesthetic prompts of this contested space. The course will culminate in a final exhibition of student projects curated by the students themselves.
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Sun Ra: Space is the Place
Rhode Island Jewelry Industry
I was inspired to create this piece while researching the growth and decline of the jewelry industry in RI over the last 200 years. With the assistance of Rhode Island manufacturing census data from 1914 through 2007 and the support of jewelry scholar Juliet Friedman’s research this analog infographic was born.
I chose to display visually industry growth and decline as a means to draw attention to the general change in design and form over time and also highlight the transition of the jewelry industry from one of a highly individualized practice by individual silversmiths to one of mechanization and mass production.
Art serves as a voice for creating social change. As we come to terms with our industrial history we must we must not forget the jewelry industries impact on our environment and work toward remediation.