Ornament Magazine Article
MFA Thesis Exhibition: Simply Pete
With a passion for architecture, both past and present, I create sculptural pieces using jewelry as a platform. By combining the spatial and structural qualities of architecture with the intimacy created between jewelry and its wearer, I encourage the viewer to explore, discover, and question the work.
Architecture allows viewers to immerse themselves completely within it. It can be appreciated for its artistic aesthetic and functional integrity. Jewelry is also functional, but instead of engulfing the viewer, it becomes an extension of the body. By fabricating with mixed materials I can decisively create, conceal, and reveal physical spaces. Powdercoat, wood, and cement elements promote an industrial look and feel while silver and gold leaf speak to the preciousness of jewelry.
Scale is essential to my work. Small intricate sculptures draw the audience in close to view the work intimately. This closeness can create a quiet atmosphere allowing the viewer to reminisce about the past or daydream for the future. The architectural elements reference, but do not point to specific buildings. Instead the juxtaposed components encourage the audience to place them in an imagined environment.