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©barbara cohen 2018

Creating jewelry offers an intimacy and commitment to refinement that speaks to my sensibilities.  Upon seeing my collection of work a fellow artist called me an ‘organic perfectionist’.  So well put to describe one of the many contradictions of my life.  Whether with intent or not, one’s art is an autobiographical expression.

 

My formal artistic biography began in 1973 at Sheridan College School of Design in Ontario where I majored in textiles.  For the next 18 years, I created three dimensional fibre pieces. The transition from sculptural textiles to body ornament was a logical development which represents a distillation of artistic focus.

 

The materials that I find and am drawn to are most often the inspiration for my creations and many reference my background in textiles.  Mesh tubing, cocoons and handmade paper have all found their way into my art jewelry.  Using materials out of context is a consistent aspect of my work giving them an ambiguity that draws the viewer’s attention, questions preconceived notions of value and suggests new meaning.  As with all the material I have used, their possibilities continue to unfold and reveal themselves to me.