I describe my work as “Contemporary Organic Art Jewelry." It synthesizes the organic and geometric visual elements found in nature. I am inspired and challenged by the seemingly oppositional qualities of these elements. I seek to unite and balance them through creative expression that is reflective of nature’s regenerative structure and purpose.
My visual language communicates nature’s enigmatic character. As each group of work is explored, its’ intimate, graphic symbolism is revealed. In the “Petals,” series, for example, isolated plant fragments are portrayed through repetitive contour combinations. In “Striations,” linear patterns of large rock formations are distilled into a few horizontal lines. As details develop, specific textural patterns might begin to create a sense of tree bark. Circular perforations give voice to speechless pebbles and leaves.
I create my work from naturally derived materials. Starting with sheets of sterling and copper I use a jeweler’s saw to produce shapes from a distinctive and emblematic repertoire I have developed and refined. Texture, line and pattern are added to the metal via a variety of fabricating and heat techniques. Each piece is made by hand and evolves directly and intuitively. Sculptural effects are achieved by employing a variety of hammers and forming tools. Depending on the piece, I incorporate color components such as, semi-precious stones, river rocks, pearls, wood and glass. Because my work is functional, body adornment, the mechanics of wearability are considered throughout the art making process.
Susan Larsen - MFA