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Published: 31.08.2021

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One new brooch made from sterling silver, birch, wood altered by a bird is featured in the profile.
Teresa Faris. Teresa Faris.

Intro
Teresa Faris is an American Contemporary Jeweller who holds a MFA (Fine Art) in metals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rhythmic and repetitive movements command her artistic creative process. As seen in the series: Collaboration with a Bird, repeatedly chewed wood, by a winged one, and hand sawed or pierced metal are the main components of her jewellery. Faris's works have been featured in various exhibitions and publications and she has received a number of Fellowships, Honors and Awards.


 

Statement

Humans inhale and exhale approximately 22,000 times a day. Hummingbird’s average 250 breathes per minute.

Privilege comes in many forms ranging from eye color, physical and mental ability to class, status and power. I see the greatest privilege one could have is the ability to forget that air is entering and exiting the body. To perform this one critical natural act without any mental consideration frees the mind to explore endless arenas of fantasy, invention and day-to-day tasks.

When removed from what is natural and stripped of privilege one must find ways of soothing the mind. A caged non-human may pace or repeatedly chew wood, and a dis-eased human may pace or saw metal. Rhythmic and repetitive movements encourage introspective or creative thinking. As a maker, I have adopted this practice and find that it eases the mind when the body is testing and acting as a reminder of impermanence. I am drawn to the simplest technique of sawing/piercing as I find that I am able to forget about the process in the same way that some individuals may forget about the breath.

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2021:
Exhibition  15 Sep 2021 - 19 Nov 2021  Paper Alchemy at Radford University’s Art Museum.
Exhibition  12 Jun 2021 - 18 Sep 2021  Precious Things in time of Uncertainty.
Exhibition  12 Jun 2021 - 18 Sep 2021  Precious Collective.
2020:
Exhibition  12 Dec 2020 - 13 Feb 2021  Painful Hope.
Exhibition  11 Mar 2020 - 14 Mar 2020  Broken Beauty in Munich.
Exhibition  07 Feb 2020 - 09 May 2020  Materials Hard and Soft, Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX.
2019:
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 15 Feb 2020  Broken Beauty.
Exhibition  07 Dec 2019 - 01 Jan 2020  CraftForms Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  18 Oct 2019 - 28 Oct 2019  Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition 2019.
Exhibition  21 Sep 2019 - 07 Dec 2019  Wearable Pewter.
Exhibition  21 Sep 2019 - 07 Dec 2019  Re/collect by Teresa Faris and James Thurman.
Exhibition  18 May 2019 - 06 Oct 2019  The Legacy Award & Collection. The Ultimate Edition.
Exhibition  13 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019  Heart Failure in Munich.
2018:
Exhibition  14 Dec 2018 - 23 Feb 2019  Heart Failure.
Exhibition  26 Apr 2018 - 28 Apr 2018  Chaos in Valencia.
Exhibition  07 Mar 2018 - 10 Mar 2018  Chaos in Munich.
2017:
Exhibition  16 Dec 2017 - 24 Feb 2018  Chaos in Lille.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017  7 artists for 7 days 2017.
Exhibition  15 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017  Impressions 2017. The Permanent.
2016:
Exhibition  08 Sep 2016 - 16 Oct 2016  Shadow Themes: Finding the Present in the Past.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 06 Oct 2016  Color Me This. Contemporary Art Jewelry.
Exhibition  01 Jul 2016 - 08 Oct 2016  Color Me This: Contemporary Art Jewelry.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, NC, USA
Exhibition  06 Feb 2016 - 31 Dec 2016  Impressions 2016. The Permanent.
2015:
Exhibition  18 Oct 2015 - 29 Oct 2015  Adorn: Contemporary Wearable Art.
Exhibition  10 Sep 2015 - 25 Oct 2015  Angles.
Exhibition  24 Apr 2015 - 31 Dec 2015  Impressions.
2014:
Exhibition  13 Dec 2014 - 17 Dec 2014  The Parallel Worlds.
2013:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013  Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges.
2012:
Exhibition  19 Jun 2012 - 30 Jun 2012  The Year Was 2006.
2011:
Exhibition  06 May 2011 - 28 May 2011  Garbage Pin.
2009:
Exhibition  16 Dec 2009 - 10 Jan 2010  Garbage Pin Project:'worth VS waste'.

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Website:  The Work of Teresa Faris. So Catchy - where fashion begins:  2016
Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Nicolas EstradaPromopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  500 Silver Jewelry Designs. Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc:  2011
Magazine:  WFUMC Anesthesiology Journal. 2011
Cover Image: Genetics. March
Book:  500 Plastic Jewelry Designs. Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.:  2009
Catalogue:  Women of Metal Exhibition Catalogue. 2008
Exhibition catalogue includes a catalogue essay, comprehensive timeline, artwork and biographies for 33 participating artists, Contributing Editor
Book:  500 Necklaces. Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.:  2006
Catalogue:  Clowes, Jody. Metalsmiths and Mentors. 2006
Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Catalogue:  Women of Metal. 2006
Educators Manual Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2006 
Book:  Making Metal Beads. Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.:  2006
Book:  500 Bracelets. 2005
Lark Books/Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
Magazine:  Cozzolino, Bob. ISTHMUS. Four Madisonians Make the Ordinary Extraordinary. 2002
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Newspaper:  Artist Exhibit Returns to Old Days of Competition. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:  2001
Book:  Garbage Pin Project. 'worth VS waste'. Klimt02 Publishers:  Barcelona, 
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