Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body
10am-5pm, 17 March 2016 at the Parkside Gallery, Birmingham City University
Jeweller and lecturer Michelle Jessop is a practice-based researcher at Havering College. She is currently working on an art-led approach to contemporary jewellery that moves away from making a physical object and looks toward palpable ways of presenting jewellery as a language. This schema focuses on relational strategies that evoke a sensory response or trigger a memory from the audience. This approach is enabled through the use of digital media to provide a permanent display of the social interactions and bodily processes that are evident in contemporary jewellery, which considers the role of viewer in the gallery space.
The resulting work aims to reveal the varying presentational methods open to the contemporary jeweller and the ways in which display methodology may inform critical discourse within the subject. Her investigative work is designed to define the visual language that is emerging from the output of a number of contemporary jewellers, and to demonstrate how the representation of a craft object can be used as both a creative strategy and a tool for further research.