Unsheathed includes the work of Beth Alber, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, and Kye-Yeon Son. Through a negotiation of the lethal and the beautiful, Unsheathed acts as a departure point for questions of identity, and an exploration of the sharp edge of experience.
Jewellery has long been synonymous with wealth and luxury. From the inherent value of the materials to the physical display itself, jewellery communicates these qualities in various ways. Value also comes in the form of sentiment and an emotional connection between the piece and its wearer, sometimes independent of monetary value. As trends in jewellery continue to evolve, as both makers and consumers become more educated in issues such as sustainability and ethics, and as we continue to adjust to a new economic climate, how does jewellery fit in? Is bigger still better, or discretion and ‘stealth’ more appropriate? What motivates the consumer’s choice of what they wear, and why they wear it? Are the properties by which the value of metal and stones are defined still of importance today? For What It’s Worth will examine what defines jewellery in the 21st century.
Featuring the work of Pilar Agueci, Gillian Batcher, Angela Bubash, Jill Gower, Holland Houdek, Jacquie & Uosis, Jungwha Kim, Tanya Lyons & Mathieu Grodet, Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Kathryn Osgood, Gregory Phillips, Denisa Piatti, Jesse Tempest, Lawrence Woodford and Carolyn Young.
This exhibition will run concurrent with the 2013 SNAG Conference “Meta Mosaic” in Toronto.
Image: Pilar Agueci, Untitled, 2012
Nunavut Arctic College
May 9 – June 9, 2013 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Guild Shop is proud to be hosting the graduate students of the Jewellery and Metalsmithing, and Goldsmithing programs at Nunavut Arctic College. Works by these students will be on display alongside an archival exhibition of historic metal works representing the program’s history from 2005 to present.
In conjunction with The Guild Shop’s jewellery show For What It’s Worth.