Kevin Murray is an independent writer and curator living in Melbourne. His most recent curated exhibition is Voveo: Promise Objects for Everyday Use. This essay was originally presented at Florence Jewelry Week in conjunction with an exhibition of Iranian contemporary jewelry, Jwahr: New Iranian and Persian Jewelry.
AJF Hangouts takes the pulse of the rapidly expanding world of global art jewelry. We hear from voices in emerging jewelry scenes, featuring those with the responsibility of representing their country as AJF Ambassadors. Despite the varying quality of video feeds, it's quite amazing that we can now use this platform to connect people together from all corners of the globe. What connects them is a shared passion for contemporary jewelry, even in those cases where there are no galleries or collectors. Their commitment may help those of us in more established scenes appreciate the way our art field emerged thanks to a similar vision a generation ago.
AJF Hangout now turns to North America, home of so many galleries, collectors and makers of contemporary jewelry. What interesting scenes in this large continent are we overlooking? How has recent political polarization affected the kind of jewelry being made? So many interesting questions. We hear from Jan Smith (Vancouver, Canada), Laritza Garcia (Texas, USA), Melanie Egan (Toronto, Canada), and Sarah Rachel Brown (Philadelphia, USA).