Amy Tavern > Collections

A body of work for my first solo show at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco
November 2-30, 2011
Artist Reception - Friday, November 4
6-8pm

Artist Statement

The jewelry that has come in and out of my life over the years has had a profound effect on me, fueling and sustaining my desire to be a jeweler. These special pieces changed my perspective on jewelry and form part of my personal history.

In “Fabricated Memory: Jewelry Box, 1980,” I created new works based on recollections of the contents of an old jewelry box and re-imagined through my formal language of shape and line, layering and repetition. In addition, there is personal significance in how the work exists in reality—specifically arranged in and viewed as a group. This presentation originates from how I played with the jewelry box as a child, carefully arranging its contents over and over.

In “Collected Memories: 1974-Present,” I analyzed the jewelry I own to discover patterns and to gain further insight into my history with jewelry. The completed installation serves as a timeline of my life with jewelry and a vehicle for intertwining events and people. The works are made using materials I have collected and are assembled in such a way as to emphasize the impermanence and incompleteness of memory.

“This is How I Remember It” chronicles my history and preserves my memories, as the individual pieces from my past act as primary inspiration.

The Installation

The Installation

31 photos

Opening Night

Opening Night

17 photos

My Process

My Process

283 photos

Muir Woods

Muir Woods

20 photos

Raissa

Raissa

46 photos

SF Inspirations

SF Inspirations

77 photos

My USA Project Works-in-Progress

My USA Project...

88 photos