The Pearl Recontextualized

Pearl Necklace #2, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls

Pearl Necklace #1, 2015, mild steel, cultured pearls

Pearl Necklace #3, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver

Cultured Pearl, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Cultured Pearl, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Pearl Study, 2015, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Encrusted, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Encrusted, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Tears of the Moon, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Pearl Blossom, 2016, mild steel, cultured pearls, sterling silver, stainless steel

Posted on: April 21, 2016
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Description

Utilizing the format of jewelry, my work initiates a conversation between the past and the present. It is derived from sentiment and acts as an exploration of the items people have left behind. These linear bulbous structures create form out of line, a drawing in space. These pieces are meant to challenge the viewers perception of pearl jewelry and recontextualize this traditional format.




Mary Forst

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BFA Student

Major: Metalsmithing & Jewelry

Graduation Year: 2016


Artist Statement:

The fascination I have with the significance of objects stems from my own history. Sentimental items collected throughout my life include bottles of lake water, dried flowers from my grandfather's funeral, and earlier items from childhood such as outgrown clothing. These items have served to help me preserve a memory or emotion.

My practice is inspired by the inherent connections we have to what I call the residual object. Throughout history items have been passed down through generations as keepsakes. These may include items that signify family wealth or one's social standing such as a badge of honor. Material remnants left behind allow us to forge a dialogue between our past and the present. By incorporating and referencing bygone items in my work I hope to speak to the relationship between our humanity and the heirloom.

My use of the pearl whether fully realized, crushed or the form abstracted operates as a representation of my relationship to heirloom. Pearl as a material signifies personal, sentimental value that describes a strong bond between generations of powerful women in my family. Utilizing this material and juxtaposing it with blackened steel allows me honor these women while exploring my own my relationship to this bond.

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