Sarah Renshaw 2016
Sarah Renshaw - Artist Statement
Naja Art Gallery 2016
Jewelry informs the wearer through physical contact regardless of choice. This contact is undeniable and will undoubtedly leave the wearer with some sort of emotional effect. As a maker, I aim to alter the traditional context of jewelry as strictly ornamentation and create a body of work that no longer follows the established paradigm.
I am intrigued by the sensations of materials on the skin, i.e., how various textures can affect the comfort and emotional capacity of the piece. The physical contact affects the wearer in such a way that it causes an emotional reaction that mimics the physical sensation. I have been exploring the concepts of texture and weight and how their presence or absence can completely alter the wearer and the viewer’s perspective.
While this work deals with contact of inanimate objects, I also rely on the universal need for physical contact to inform me. Our desire to be touched or the repulsion we sometimes feel when in close proximity with others must be considered. This can vary from distress and agitation, to comfort and ease, depending on the comfort level of people in their environment. I would like this body of work to evoke one’s tactual response to a variety of stimuli.