Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past

Exhibition  /  08 Sep 2016  -  16 Oct 2016
Published: 04.09.2016
Sharon Massey. Brooch: Untitled Brooch 3, 2016. Steel champlevé, silver, brass, copper.. Sharon Massey
Brooch: Untitled Brooch 3, 2016
Steel champlevé, silver, brass, copper.
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Shadow Themes is the brainchild of two renowned studio jewelers, Biba Schutz and Marjorie Simon. The two artists, and friends, have long discussed their desire to collaborate on an exhibition. 

Artist list

Jill Baker Gower, Kristin Beeler, Kathleen Browne, Raïssa Bump, Jessica Calderwood, Petra Class, Sandra Enterline, Diane Falkenhagen, Teresa Faris, Susie Ganch, Mary Hallam Pearse, Mielle Harvey, Susan Kasson Sloan, Lorena Lazard, ​​Brooke Marks-Swanson, Sharon Massey, Wendy McAllister, Patricia Nelson, Brigid O'Hanrahan, Masako Onodero, Joan Parcher, Sharon Portelance, Mary Preston, Lindsay Rice, Hilary Sanders, Barbara Seidenath, Sondra Sherman, Anika Smulovitz, Rachelle Thiewes, Linda Threadgill, April Wood, Sayumi Yokouchi, Sandie Zilker
Since they are primarily makers they talk frequently about process - in terms of technique, problem solving and the evolution of the concepts behind the work. Having both admired the great South African multi-media artist William Kentridge, they find that through his work, he is able to eloquently explore the way an artist’s themes become part of a lifelong stream of inspiration and creation.
Of their idea, Schutz and Simon said, “working intuitively as makers, we do not always consciously choose our subject matter and it may be much later that the content reveals itself.  We selected a multi-generational group of distinguished contemporary art jewelers to consider this aspect of their work: to identify threads that they follow or themes they return to over time.” 
The thirty-three artists in this exhibition come from a fine craft tradition of jewelry and object making. In addition to new work, artists were invited to submit an early piece that is related to their current work. The exhibition will reveal how artists evolve and revisit ideas in jewelry and objects.
A catalogue will be available for purchase.


A roundtable discussion with the artists will take at Pratt University’s Manhattan campus, 144 West 14th Street, on Friday, September 9, 6-8pm.
Jessica Calderwood. Brooch: Pink Pile, 2016. Enamel, copper, china paint, sterling silver, glass beads.. Jessica Calderwood
Brooch: Pink Pile, 2016
Enamel, copper, china paint, sterling silver, glass beads.
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Mary Hallam Pearse. Brooch: Chromeo, 2016. Silver, paint.. Mary Hallam Pearse
Brooch: Chromeo, 2016
Silver, paint.
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April Wood. Brooch: Fruiting, 2015. Steel, copper, paint.. April Wood
Brooch: Fruiting, 2015
Steel, copper, paint.
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Sondra Sherman. Brooch: Rorschach Corsage: Papaver Somniferum, 2015. Steel.. 15.5 x 2.54 x 7.5 cm. Photo by: Luna Perri. From series: Anthophobia II: Rorschach Corsages. Sondra Sherman
Brooch: Rorschach Corsage: Papaver Somniferum, 2015
15.5 x 2.54 x 7.5 cm
Photo by: Luna Perri
From series: Anthophobia II: Rorschach Corsages
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