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04/09/2010

Kiff Slemmons – Beach found objects jewelry

Kiff Slemmons is a self-taught metalsmith who has been exhibiting for more than 30 years. The daughter of a newspaper publisher and editor, language and the written word have important roles in her work. In 2007 she completed the project Re:Pair and Imperfection, in which she transformed unfinished, unwanted, or otherwise discarded works from selected artists, a traveling exhibition which originated at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2006. More recently she has worked in Oaxaca, Mexico with local artisans to produce paper jewelry. In November 2007 she was interviewed for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. Her work can be found in permanent collections around the world, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Mint Museum, North Carolina; Contemporary Museum, Hawaii; and the Tacoma Art Museum, Washington. Kiff Slemmons currently lives and works in Chicago.

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Kiff Slemmons – « Starfish Memory » Necklace

 

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Twist » Brooch 

Kiff Slemmons - Beach found objects jewelry dans COUP DE COEUR kiffdsc_0033clweb
Kiff SlemmonsPuako Pallette » Brooch

kiffdsc_0032clweb dans Gal. Velvet da Vinci (US)
Kiff Slemmons« Vase » Brooch

kiffdsc_0942clweb dans galets / pebblesJewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Bib (mounted piece) (& detail)

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Pebbles » Necklace

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Anthozoans » Necklace

Among these works in non-precious materials and found objects are the artists « Insectopedia » series, which is a collection of metal pins fusing insects with typography. She’s also known for working with found objects like shells, stones and bones as in her work “Atoll Necklace” and “Mouse Bones.” The work “Atoll Necklace” came out of the collaborative beach combings of Slemmon’s and fellow artist, Kay Sekimachi in Puako, Hawaii.

atoll-necklace dans Kiff SLEMMONS (US)
Kiff Slemmons, Atoll necklace, mixed media. (Photograph courtesy of Science blog Bioephemera)

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Petals » Brooch

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« tochtli » Brooch

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Tangle » Necklace

Jewelry by Kay Sekimachi and Kiff Slemmons at Velvet da Vinci Gallery,
Kiff Slemmons« Spine » Necklace (all images Velvet da Vinci gallery)

 

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