STEFAN GOUGHERTY (MFA)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, NEW PALTZ
SUNY (STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT NEW PALTZ)
I create jewellery that is curious and interactive. Sampling content from trash to treasure, these playful objects are unpretentious and subversive. At home on the body and activated through wearing, they have a life of their own through humour, illusion, engineering and novelty. Fascinated by our innate appeal to jewellery, ‘small and shiny’ has become my strategy for creating public art. In celebration of our collective progress, I leverage industrial materials and manufacturing processes to anchor the work firmly within the present. Attempting to articulate this strange new digital world, an aesthetic of randomness is explored through mashups of contrasting realities. Staging collisions between vastly different references of time, scale and subject matter, an underlying unity can be found amongst the debris of shape and memory.