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Jess Tolbert - Double rectangle dangle
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Jess Tolbert
Double rectangle dangle
fused steel staples, steel, sterling silver ear post
2 x .5 x .25"
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Artist Statement:
A humble staple is often overlooked, simply used to bind a few pages together, or to post a flyer to a lamppost; its purpose does not often extend beyond what it was intended for. I am drawn to its recognizable form and to the rhythm of its use. Through repetitive actions of layering, patterning, and systemically constructing, I replicate the pace of mass production, but not its protocols. With infinite possibilities, I reflect upon the unknown makers and their process to create a product that is now my raw material, capturing labor in the form of jewelry.
Jess Tolbert lives in El Paso, Texas where she is Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry + Metals program at the University of Texas, El Paso. She received her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts, both with a focus on metal and jewelry. Jess actively exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Her research and studio practice explore and reconsider the commonplace objects of everyday life and mass production, creating an intimate link to our relationship with labor and the built environment.