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Wearable or Not? : Experiencing Contemporary Jewellery

Zhang, Jielu (2016) Wearable or Not? : Experiencing Contemporary Jewellery. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Zhang, Jielu

“How is that supposed to be worn?” is the general query of people who come across contemporary jewellery. Sitting at the intersection of art and craft, contemporary jewellery blurs the relationship between form and function. Emerging out of the aesthetic radicalism of the 1960s and evolving ever since, contemporary jewellery breaks the culturally-informed role as bodily adornment and exists as conceptual artwork that constantly challenges traditional thinking. Not surprisingly, contemporary jewellery has also challenged traditional exhibition strategies. The standard museum practices of display are called into question. In this exhibition I examine the relationship between the human body and contemporary jewellery via the works of six artists. I also explore ways to interact with visitors to experience the works visually and tactilely. As contemporary jewellery is a relatively new art form, my thesis exhibition contributes to scholarships in the realm, as well as the curatorial practice for other art-based objects.

Date: December 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Contemporary jewelry, wearability, curatorial practice of objects, critiques of display strategies, interactive exhibition, contemporary art, craft.
Divisions: Exhibition Services > Graduate Gallery
Graduate Studies
Graduate Studies > Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 19:24
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 23:15
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1376

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