KK Wearable Sculpture

KK Wearable Sculpture

About The Artist

Kathleen King • Brooklyn, NY

I’ve worked in many disciplines—computers, painting, film—and I call upon these various skills while I’m creating my jewelry. They add layers to the work. Everything is crossed referenced. I design on the computer and finish in metal; two very different worlds. During the process, I connect them through the story that’s developing: Nature, emotions. It’s this flow that keeps the piece from being just one thing. I want my work to be open to new stories by whoever wears them.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

First comes a ‘what would this look like’ and I play. Then I’ll gather reference. It takes a while for me to make things. I’m always learning what they look like since it’s almost never what I imagined. I use Zbrush on the computer to design, 3D print, then cast, patina, set stones. In every step of the process, I pause and assess for either design or technical reasons. So I’m constantly going back and forth between the feeling world and the material world. Both are important.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I trained in film and illustration and never even considered working in metal or 3 dimensions for that matter, so the extra dimension excites me because it’s so different. It has freed me to experiment, fail and try again. I never know what to expect. I've had stones speak to me, I feel like I nurture the metal through details. Metal is totally weird. It usually doesn't do what I expect so I have to really pay attention. I get lost in the physicalness of the process even when it frustrates me.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

I bounce between a technical, material world and a world without words. They clash, they meld, they compliment, they feel like they're at each other's throats. It's a space I enjoy working in. I like finding compliments in disparity. It pushes at boundaries so that I can take my pieces to unusual places. My pieces are loudly subtle. They won't be pinned down. I want there to be as many ideas and opinions about them as possible so I’m not going to make them easy.