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Katie Kameen

Jeweller
Published: 10.03.2020
Katie Kameen. Brooch: Couple, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic.. 23 x 15 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Couple, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic.
23 x 15 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Couple, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic.. 23 x 15 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Alternative view.. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Couple, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic.
23 x 15 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen

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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Curb, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic.. 4.5 x 3.4 x 4.3 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Curb, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic.
4.5 x 3.4 x 4.3 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Dry Cold, 2019. Plastic, wood, rubber and fiber objects, aluminium tubing.. 15 x 11 x 6 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Dry Cold, 2019
Plastic, wood, rubber and fiber objects, aluminium tubing.
15 x 11 x 6 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Flow, 2019. Plastic objects, rubber wire, acrylic.. 9 x 3 x 9 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Flow, 2019
Plastic objects, rubber wire, acrylic.
9 x 3 x 9 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Flow, 2019. Plastic objects, rubber wire, acrylic.. 9 x 3 x 9 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Alternative view.. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Flow, 2019
Plastic objects, rubber wire, acrylic.
9 x 3 x 9 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen

Alternative view.

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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Obstruction, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic, sterling silver rivets.. 9.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Obstruction, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic, sterling silver rivets.
9.5 x 5.5 x 1.6 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: U-turn, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic, sterling silver rivets.. 10 x 50 x 2.5 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: U-turn, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic, sterling silver rivets.
10 x 50 x 2.5 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Brooch: Wayfinding, 2019. Plastic objects, acrylic.. Average: 6 x 3.5 x 5 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Brooch: Wayfinding, 2019
Plastic objects, acrylic.
Average: 6 x 3.5 x 5 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Coral, 2018. Plastic and rubber objects, acrylic.. 25 x 14 x 2 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Coral, 2018
Plastic and rubber objects, acrylic.
25 x 14 x 2 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Shrug, 2018. Plastic, wood and rubber objects.. 63 x 38 x 20 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Shrug, 2018
Plastic, wood and rubber objects.
63 x 38 x 20 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Reservoir, 2016. Plastic and rubber objects.. 50 x 30 x 28 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Reservoir, 2016
Plastic and rubber objects.
50 x 30 x 28 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Swat, 2016. Plastic, rubber and fiber objects.. 43 x 28 x 15 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Swat, 2016
Plastic, rubber and fiber objects.
43 x 28 x 15 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Katie Kameen. Necklace: Terrain, 2016. Plastic, wood and rubber objects.. 66 x 28 x 9 cm. Photo by: Katie Kameen. Katie Kameen
Necklace: Terrain, 2016
Plastic, wood and rubber objects.
66 x 28 x 9 cm
Photo by: Katie Kameen
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Intro
Katie Kameen creates jewelry by playfully experimenting with premade plastic objects. Kameen received her BFA in 3D Studio from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, and her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She exhibits nationally and internationally at venues including the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Washington, Site: Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery in Oslo, Norway and Galerie Marzee in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Kameen was awarded the Ethical Metalsmiths Student Committee Emerging Artist Award in 2017. Her work has been published in American Craft Magazine, Friend of the Artist, and Uppercase Magazine.

Statement

In my work I combine colorful mid-century plastics, recycled contemporary objects, and handmade forms to create adornment that examines how everyday materials can provide a space for self-expression. Jewelry represents an opportunity to showcase what we value and I take that opportunity to highlight materials not traditionally considered precious. I use playful forms and colors to elevate everyday objects that have outlived their original functions, but not their aesthetic potential.

My studio process mimics a type of play, as I explore the capacity of materials that surround me to be reformed into wearable sculpture. I react to found objects as raw materials and learn how they naturally lend themselves to manipulation, such as which plastics want to bend, or which will shatter. I enjoy creating and breaking my own rules as I disassemble and reorganize plastic dishes, garage tools, and toys to make composed complete forms. The resulting compositions are the product of creative play and problem-solving. Even when broken down, the forms still retain familiar references to their initial functions, such as a cup handle or an ice cube tray section. By placing everyday objects in new contexts, my sculptures act as a link between art, adornment, and everyday life.

The recognizable forms and individual components in my work evoke a shared haptic experience, relating both to memory and the immediate objects that surround us. Functional plastic objects, with their bright colors, glossy surfaces, and slick industrial designs, have a strong formal identity. Throughout my work, these identities are alternatingly heightened and erased. Composition plays an important role as I embrace the challenge to create jewelry that feels balanced and whole from an arrangement of deconstructed pieces. By deforming and recomposing plastics, I discover paths to self-portraiture while expressing an awareness towards this now abundant material.

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2020:
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020  CANCELED / Astonish: Boom Boom Gem.
2019:
Exhibition  18 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019  The 4 Ring Circus.
Exhibition  16 Nov 2019 - 24 Dec 2019  Christmas exhibition 2019 Ho!Ho!Ho!.
2017:
Award  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Talente Competition 2017.
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