The Intersection Of Art And Wearables Or The Quest To Make A Visual Impact With A Small Work


Working small has its frustrations and its rewards. I have worked in both large and small scales. Jewelry and belt buckles are small scale, when you also work on pieces that can cover an entire wall in a moderately sized room.

The question is: how do you create the complexity and nuance of a large piece when you have only a few inches to work with?

Color, line, texture and movement are all perceived differently when downsized. Scale and proportion change the focus. When I work large, the exuberance of the colorplay, and the strength of the recycled industrial metals I use, are what give the piece visual and emotional weight and impact.

 Working on a belt buckle feels more intimate. Within that small rectangle is an almost poignant suggestion of time passing, through the interplay of the worn and once brightly colored surfaces. There is a much more personal interaction bewteen art and viewer.

How are you impacted by art? Do you feel a connection to small wearable works?

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I love the vibrancy of the

I love the vibrancy of the large piece; I hadn't seen your larger works before. Wonderful.
Assuming I'm understanding you, I think there is equal interaction in both cases, but perhaps it's different, and certainly it is different from the perspective of the wearer (I am thinking that the wearer is not the "viewer" of the small piece, which I may be mistaken about.) To me the smaller piece then becomes a connection to the past, a bridge between curatorship, a twinge of melancholy (ie, the "good ol' days") and rebirth through transformation/upcycling into a personal piece of art.

Thanks, Jean. I really

Thanks, Jean. I really appreciate your comments! Very well put. I think the wearer is the viewer, in that the emotional connection is felt by the wearer. At least, that's how I relate to the jewelry and accessories that I wear. Large works can be appreciated from across the room as well as from close up. But something the size of a buckle - well, you've got to be really friendly to get a good look!

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