You Are (the) Here
November 9-December 21, 2018
The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present You Are (the) Here by Ana Lopez.
Viennese Hydrant and Bollards, Ana Lopez
Viennese Hydrant and Bollards (necklace), 2017
17 x 6.5 x 1"
These pieces address issues of cultural geography, the relationship of jewelry to identity and the idea of the souvenir. You Are (the) Here is inspired by the historic relationship between body adornment, the idealized self and the souvenir that has included pilgrimage badges of the middle ages, cameos in the court of Napoleon Bonaparte and nineteenth century micro-mosaic jewelry. Jewelry as a format of expression is inherently defined in relationship to human scale and therefore to the human experience. These are rendered in miniature in painstaking detail and precious materials to become body adornment that may be used by the wearer to take on the constructed identities of these personal/public spaces."
Ana M. Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. She is currently Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas where she also teaches The History of Craft.