How important do you think it is that working processes behind craft are displayed in an exhibition? I’m zooming in on ‘fine art’ jewellery especially, something which might be difficult for an outsider who wasn’t involved in the creative process of a piece to understand. A lot of the time, especially with jewellery, a buyer has to feel a connection with a piece to purchase it and hand crafted art jewellery is no exception. With so-called ‘fine art’ jewellery, people can find it difficult to relate to something obscure, mixed media, made with the love and opinions of the artist if there is no explanation of the ideas and theory behind it available.
I went to see an exhibition recently at the St. Andrews Museum called Causing Chaos. The aim of this exhibition was to display objects which subvert their function. The Jewellery and Metalwork artist is a lady called Shari Pierce who makes her ‘wearable art’ from cardboard, old house paint and plastic chains, among other things. What do you think of it?
I didn’t like it at first, I didn’t understand it. But I googled her and got to her website, and read about her background and the background of her work, and slowly came around to it. Are you going to google her and find out what it is about? Should she have an explanation displayed with her work, like sketches, models or a paragraph? I ask this because one of the most interesting opinions I have been given in my research is ‘If you have to explain the processes behind a final piece, then as an artist you have failed’. And I’m just not sure… I like to know what someone was thinking when they designed and made a piece.
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