Kate Furman

Published: 29.09.2020


In 2012, Kate Furman graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island with a Master of Fine Art in Jewelry + Metalsmithing. Kate collects things while is wandering in wilderness, seduced by the cast of flora generously littering the ground beneath my feet. Each piece in her series evokes the place where it was found and what the artist was doing there.


Nature is my greatest inspiration. While in the woods surrounded by the astonishing details of a tree trunk’s swollen scar or the intricate furrows of creatures burrowing beneath its bark, my senses are fully engaged. In my work, I translate this admiration and wonder into jewelry, a format as intimate to the body as the moments I pass in untouched, tranquil wilderness. After gathering detritus from the forest floor, I manipulate, alter and respond to the beauty within branches, bark, and sticks. By tracing and replicating the curves of the human body, my pieces contour and move to it, thereby intertwining and activating each other.
I am interested in calling attention to the intersection between people and the environment through ways the two affect each other. As Sigmund Freud describes in Civilization and Its Discontents, humans repress the environment and their animal instinct in order to control nature and live a civilized life. My process responds to this need without taking full authority over the natural materials. Instead, I direct a harmonious dialogue between them, revealing the ways we affect and intersect each other. The resulting forms show a sense of my influence but retain an inherent rawness; a collaboration and language of mark-making develop between us.

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Exhibition  13 May 2016 - 15 May 2016  Artisphere.
Exhibtion  29 Apr 2016 - 28 May 2016  The Lines Within.
Course  20 Apr 2016 - 03 Jun 2016  Sculpting Jewelry.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2015 - 29 Oct 2015  Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art.

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Catalogue:  Graduate Viewbook. Rhode Island School of Design:  Providence,  2013
Catalogue:  Bill Van Siclen. Providence Journal:  Providence,  2012
RISD’s Graduate Student Show Deserves an A+.
Catalogue:  Our RISD: a place to show and tell. Silander, LiisaRhode Island School of Design:  Providence,  2012
Catalogue:  RISD XYZ, Show Stoppers. Silander, LiisaRhode Island School of Design:  Providence,  2012
Spring/Summer 2012, 55.
Catalogue:  Kate Furman. Art Association of Jackson Hole:  Jackson,  2012
2012 Summer Schedule, 2012, 2, 12, 18, 19.
Book:  Steel Wire Jewelry: Stylish Designs, Simple Techniques, Artful Inspiration. Schweder, BrendaLark Crafts:  2011
Page 23.
Online Article:  Kate Furman: Lines of a City. Lomuto, SusanDaily Art Muse:  2009
Celebrating Handcrafted Excellence, September 14.
Magazine:  Studies Abroad in the Lamar Dodd School of Art: The Art and Culture of Cuba.. Cretors, KimUGA Art:  Athens, USA,  2009
Spring, 2
Magazine:  Cover image. Office of International Education:  Cambridge,  2008
08 09 Calender.
Magazine:  Solaridad: un arte que hermana pueblos. Hernandez Loredo, Carmen LuisaAdelante:  2007
Vol. 29, July, 4.