Intimacy is the fulfilled desire to know and be known. As humans we crave connection and seek it out through our relationships with each other. But what if intimacy can also be experienced through a process? Or an object’s association to our bodies? And what can that connection teach us about relationships and our desire for closeness? The tradition of jewelry’s function on our bodies as decoration allows opportunities for wearer and jewelry to fulfill a mutual need for one another.
I experience a deep satisfaction in the intimacy that develops as I produce my work. I have to know the boundaries of, and be attentive to, the materials, tools and myself. I have to trust that they will consistently perform the task I ask of them with skill and care. Abuse or neglect of any aspect always results in frustration and failure. My relationship to the process is made evident in the design; repetition and precision exhibit my trust in and reliance on the tools and materials. The responsive and intentional movement of kinetic elements is the manifestation of the satisfaction I find in being attentive to my creative voice.
Curious investigation and open-minded participation is required and rewarded as the viewer engages with my jewelry. By exploring the piece in space, subtle, repetitive kinetic elements are activated. Wearing the jewelry is not a requirement for engagement, but when the jewelry is in its proper place on the body, an opportunity for intimacy is found. As the jewelry fades into the background of consciousness on the body, the relationship continues as the kinetic elements produce a faithful and gentle tapping, bringing awareness back into the relationship.
To document the intimacy between person and object I utilize a dark patina finish. In our interpersonal relationships we leave evidence of our interactions behind through joy and pain, trust and force. Likewise, as the jewelry participates in the wearer’s life and movements the patina slowly burnishes away, revealing both highlights and the points of impact from the kinetic elements.
Through interactions with my kinetic jewelry I invite others to explore the purpose and effect of their own meaningful and intimate relationships with other people, processes and objects.