Demitra Thomloudis

Demitra Thomloudis is a studio jeweler, associate professor at the University of Georgia. Her investigation of the human body and its relationship to jewelry have manifested in works of art that challenge our assumptions about jewelry and its meaning, power and value. Her research, inspired by the architecture and space, explores jewelry’s capacity to express the interrelationship of person and place which has earned her an international reputation in the field, as well as numerous accolades and invitations to participate in exhibitions and residencies. These include: The Museum of Arts and Design in New York; The Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, Netherlands; The Hellenic Museum in Melbourne, Australia and the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, Mexico. Her work can be found permanently at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) New York, Museum Espace Solidor in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, The Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens Greece, and the Georgia Museum of Art.

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Date of Creation: October 1, 2020

List of Materials: brass,steel, powder coat, graphite pencil, sgrafitto, sharpie marker, acrylic paint

Dimensions: 5in x 3.5in x 2 inches

Photographer's Name: Demitra Thomloudis

Model's Name: Lindsey Reynolds

Conceptual Statement: My jewelry unearths specific physical attributes from our surrounding built environments. The simultaneous chaos and order from architectural sites draws me in. Systems, color, form, material, and marks are observed and excavated from the landscape to reorganize and repurpose. I uncover evidence of the body found in architectural markings; an indiscriminate spray-painted line where color and mark give direction and order. Roles have been reversed. Now, instead of our bodies moving in and around space, the language of our environ now occupies an intimate place on the body as ornament. Through the lens of jewelry, this poetic accord is embodied in a singular object of adornment, connecting us closer to the world we are consumed by.

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