Meet the Artist
About This Artist
Sarah Parker is a Richmond-based artist and jeweler. She is the current EM Student VCU Chapter Chair and is in her third year of study at VCU in the Craft/Material Studies Department. She received her BFA in 2014 at Appalachian State University. She is currently investigating “bootleg” jewelry and sculpture within installations in a subversive act. She sees herself as part of a lineage of American Narrative Jewelers and views the bootleg as the ultimate form of Americana.
Q&A With This Artist
A: Most of the work that will be for sale is cast sterling silver with semi-precious stones set in. Some have been carved with subversive phrasings in the wax prior to the casting process. There are some works that are made of cast aluminum, making the larger scale wearable due to the lighter weight. Other works are collaged together around a silver armature with prong settings.
A: I use the medium of silver in casting because of its affordability although I sometimes also cast in aluminum making it even more affordable and much more light weight. I love working in this way because I find jewelry to have many superpowers, especially as a way to express ones individuality in a way that can subvert cultural standards. I often work with found materials as well which spurs creative collaboration between myself and the found material.
A: I create relationships between body and adornment from parts of objects that have begun their arduous journey of decomposition. On the surfaces of these materials is the reflection of a culture that rejects the uncomfortable realities of human existence. Once part of a valuable whole, the disparate detritus emerges from brokenness into new forms, illuminating and honoring scars and evidence of former use.
A: Jewelry is such a special way to dialogue with the world around us. I use my practice to connect to the spaces I move through daily often utilizing found materials from these spaces. Then, when wearable works go forth into the world it is performing against the body of the wearer inviting a relationship of one person to viewers, from close friends to strangers. This is the power of jewelry as a craft form, to be dialogical, to be narrative, to connect people together.
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