Open, Closed, Ajar: The Allegorical Locket by Heather White

Exhibition  /  15 Jun 2024  -  05 Jul 2024
Published: 11.06.2024

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In this exhibition, Heather White reconsiders the locket, an ancient, book-like binary form. Since antiquity, lockets have been worn for myriad symbolic and sentimental purposes— often concealing tiny enamel paintings, images, ashes, locks of hair, or other keepsakes or good luck charms.

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Heather White
Here in White’s contemporary interpretation, the bodies of her lockets become the subject of interest rather than their interiors. Each unique piece is a synthesis of disparate elements— hard metals and soft textiles—that combine and explore beauty and sentiment, repetition, and color. White muses, Whether open, closed, or ajar, they allegorically reflect human anatomies and sentience.

Heather White is a contemporary jewelry artist, professor, lecturer, and curator based in Boston where she also serves as Professor of Art at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She holds a B.F.A. in light metals and jewelry design from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and an M.F.A. in jewelry and metalsmithing from the State University of New York at New Paltz. White has won multiple prestigious international awards and has been exhibited worldwide. Her pieces are represented in the permanent collections of notable museums, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts, in Boston, and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Opening: Saturday, June 15th, with a reception to meet the artist from 12 – 4 pm.
Opening hours: Monday through Saturday 11 am – 5 pm or by appointment.