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Hologems by Nikki Couppee

Exhibition  /  11 May 2016  -  19 Jun 2016
Published: 09.05.2016
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Intro
Couppee’s recent work investigates the performative social functions of jewelry, using Plexiglass, brass, and found objects in place of precious gems and metals.
 

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Nikki Couppee
Inspired by  growing up on the beach in Florida the 1990’s, as well as 17th century European Royal Jewels and costume jewelry, her color palate and compositions play with contrasting notions between over abundant ornamentation and minimalist design. Working with everyday materials, Couppee intuitively creates her own version of gemstones, hand-cast and faceted in luminescent plastics.  In the Hologems  series, holographic and synthetic materials are combined with resins, creating fantastical frozen corsage brooches, lustrous, glow-in-the-dark gems, and collaged ornaments that are at once over-the-top and elegant.

About the Artist: Couppee received an M.F.A. in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (2011) and a B.F.A. from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia in Jewelry/Metals (2007). Her work has been featured in publications such as  American Craft, Metalsmith Magazine, Modern Magazine, Vogue Brazil, Dailycandy, and Lark Book’s 500 Enameled Objects. She has taught enameling and jewelry/metals techniques at Kent State University, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and The Crucible in West Oakland, CA. Originally from Pensacola Beach, FL, the artist currently lives and works in the SF Bay Area.
 

Opening

Friday, May 13, 2016, 6-8pm
Nikki Couppee. Earrings: Hologem Palms, 2016. Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, found objects, vinyl. Nikki Couppee
Earrings: Hologem Palms, 2016
Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, found objects, vinyl
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Nikki Couppee. Earrings: Hologem Flower Drops, 2016. Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, faux pearls, vinyl, found objects. Nikki Couppee
Earrings: Hologem Flower Drops, 2016
Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, faux pearls, vinyl, found objects
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Nikki Couppee. Brooch: Corsage Brooch, 2016. Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, found objects. Nikki Couppee
Brooch: Corsage Brooch, 2016
Plexiglass, brass, sterling silver, fine silver, found objects
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Nikki Couppee. Necklace: Diffraction Necklace,, 2016. Plexiglass, brass, leather, film. Nikki Couppee
Necklace: Diffraction Necklace,, 2016
Plexiglass, brass, leather, film
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