Apr
7
4:00 PM16:00

Reception: A History of Jewelry According to The Royals

A History of Jewelry According to The Royals

Kathy Edwards Hayslett

March 31 - June 3 2018 • Reception Saturday April 7, 4-6pm

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Kathy Edwards Hayslett presents a new body of work, on display from March 31 through June 3, 2018 at Over the Moon Studio in Iowa City. Kathy expands her expertise in contemporary art jewelry to present us with new works of jewelry art alongside a series of collages that reference historical jewelry and the lore and language that accompanies these significant treasures. 

Join us Saturday April 7 2018, from 4-6pm for a glass of bubbly to toast the artist and learn more about this new body of work. All are welcome. Please use the rear entrance of the building, from the alley parallel to Washington Street. 

 

Artist Statement:

Each collage references a specific piece of jewelry in the British Royal Collection. Beyond reproductive, imbedded critiques and commentary can be found via word and visual puns, double-meanings and allusions. The titles are from Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, pulled from museum and historic descriptions, and from Queen Victoria on the loss of her husband Prince Albert. For example, The Jewel in the Crown refers to the Koh-i-Noor diamond and current efforts by India to repatriate the diamond from one of the crowns of England, as well as the 19th-century British designation of colonized India.

-Kathy Edwards Hayslett, "A History of Jewelry According to The Royals," 2018

About the Exhibit:

Referencing historical jewels, each collage is a jewel unto itself, richly layered and carefully crafted, they are a delight to explore and interpret. In the Victorian tradition, they are lush, articulate, sentimental, and witty, the sense of humor is refreshingly intended. Incorporating ephemera contemporary to the jewels gives the viewer a context. Gleaming metal and real precious stones evoke the splendour of the collages' inspiration. Parsing the clues and cues to decipher the story behind each jewel is a delightful game, in which your interaction with the work is rewarded with puns and clever twists. Paired with a new collection of jewelry, Kathy has sharpened every facet of her practice as a contemporary art jeweler.  Wearable works created in sterling silver and copper are richly textured and patinaed. Some bearing a painterly layer of hand applied glass enamel - this painstaking process is a signature of Kathy's work, as are the dainty woven wires delicately embellished with precious gems and crystals. Experienced in metalworking, beading, and enamel, Kathy has been adding rivets and prong settings to her repertoire, creating a level of depth and detail you simply must see in person. The two and three dimensional works allow the artist to explore all aspects of her discipline, from the esoteric and historical to the tangible and aesthetic.

A History of Jewelry According to the Royals will be on display at Over the Moon Studio from March 31 to June 3, 2018.  Over the Moon Studio is a goldsmith studio offering custom designs, repairs, and a fine art jewelry gallery with an emphasis on local artists. We are open Wednesday - Saturday from 1-6pm and by appointment. Please email hello@overthemoon.studio to set up a private viewing. 

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WATER BEARERS:  An Immersive Installation by Vero Rose Smith
Jan
27
to Mar 3

WATER BEARERS: An Immersive Installation by Vero Rose Smith

Water Bearers : Vero Rose Smith

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We are water, reconstituted as lungs, brain, and heart. Compositional affinity should be enough to inspire awe and reverence, but us literal water bearers mistake the ripples and waves of our own bodies as something separate. The average American family wastes 190 gallons of water a week. Greedy leaky faucets, immaculately thirsty lawns, sensuously steamy showers, and groaning toilets serve to suck away our liquid lifeforce. Furthermore, an estimated three quarters of water used for human purposes globally now ends up in landfills in the form of spoiled foods or recyclable-but-discarded goods. This wastefulness weakens our ability to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, and is likely to lead to massive water shortages in the near future. By 2030, it is possible that only sixty percent of our species’ water-related needs will be met - growing food, producing energy, and manufacturing goods will become exponentially more difficult.

 

What if we recognized each wasted gallon of water as a jewel, as a precious object worthy of care and safekeeping? Would the watery parts of ourselves swell in protective answer? If water was made solid but not cold, recognizable as a tear or a dewdrop but large enough to cradle in our hands, could we swim ourselves to stewardship?  This exhibition consists of 190 water droplets, sculpted from canvas and colored in collaboration with the rain, snow, and ice.


 

Artist Bio:

Vero Rose Smith is an artist, curator, and educator currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. A recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Design's Master of Design Studies program in Art, Design, and the Public Domain, her work is primarily concerned with collective memory and the challenges of archiving human experiences in an increasingly digital world.

As Assistant Curator of the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, she combines her passion for the visual arts with environmental stewardship and social justice by producing traveling exhibitions and innovative programming.

 

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Opening Reception: WATER BEARERS
Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: WATER BEARERS

Water Bearers : Vero Rose Smith

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Join us Saturday January 27, 2018, from 5-8pm for the opening reception of Water Bearers, an immersive installation by local artist and activist Vero Rose Smith. The gallery will be transformed by 190 individual sculptures, their patterning and number translating facts about water into visual impact.  Refreshments will of course be served! All are welcome. Please use the rear entrance of the building, from the alley parallel to Washington Street. 

 

Artist Statement and Exhibit Details:

WATER BEARERS : New Works by Vero Rose Smith

We are water, reconstituted as lungs, brain, and heart. Compositional affinity should be enough to inspire awe and reverence, but us literal water bearers mistake the ripples and waves of our own bodies as something separate. The average American family wastes 190 gallons of water a week. Greedy leaky faucets, immaculately thirsty lawns, sensuously steamy showers, and groaning toilets serve to suck away our liquid lifeforce. Furthermore, an estimated three quarters of water used for human purposes globally now ends up in landfills in the form of spoiled foods or recyclable-but-discarded goods. This wastefulness weakens our ability to adapt to a rapidly changing climate, and is likely to lead to massive water shortages in the near future. By 2030, it is possible that only sixty percent of our species’ water-related needs will be met - growing food, producing energy, and manufacturing goods will become exponentially more difficult.

 

What if we recognized each wasted gallon of water as a jewel, as a precious object worthy of care and safekeeping? Would the watery parts of ourselves swell in protective answer? If water was made solid but not cold, recognizable as a tear or a dewdrop but large enough to cradle in our hands, could we swim ourselves to stewardship?  This exhibition consists of 190 water droplets, sculpted from canvas and colored in collaboration with the rain, snow, and ice.


 

Artist Bio:

Vero Rose Smith is an artist, curator, and educator currently based in Iowa City, Iowa. A recent graduate from Harvard Graduate School of Design's Master of Design Studies program in Art, Design, and the Public Domain, her work is primarily concerned with collective memory and the challenges of archiving human experiences in an increasingly digital world.

As Assistant Curator of the Legacies for Iowa Collections-Sharing Project at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, she combines her passion for the visual arts with environmental stewardship and social justice by producing traveling exhibitions and innovative programming.

 

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