Emily Cobb

Emily Cobb received her Master of Fine Arts in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and she combines both metalworking and digital fabrication techniques to create her jewelry. Her work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine, and exhibited internationally in museums such as the Racine Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and HOW Art Museum. Emily is currently an Associate Professor of Jewelry & Metalsmithing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and she continues to create jewelry and objects that explore human emotions, experiences, and relationships through the abstraction and reconstruction of animal forms.

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Brace Yourself

Date of Creation: February 1, 2021

List of Materials: Pearls, steel, NiTi Thermal wire, elastomeric bands

Dimensions: 6in x 6in x 2in

Photographer's Name: Emily Cobb

Model's Name: Emily Cobb

Other Contributors: JV Collective (curatorial collaborators) In response to JV Collectives’ Fall 2020 curatorial project In-School Suspension, members of JV Collective dredged up their own feelings of nostalgia and angst for a time in life that is often messy and transformative: High School. Each member reflected on those formative years and the items that once adorned their bodies. This series of work, Homeroom, is a snapshot of adolescence and made its virtual debut during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.

Conceptual Statement: Brace Yourself is a series of work inspired by my experience wearing dental braces and devices throughout my adolescent years, from age 10 to 17. With a severe diastema and overbite, I was privileged to have parents that could financially support the years of dental work it would take to straighten my pearly whites. Time spent at the orthodontist was in tandem with my transition between childhood and adulthood, when smiling in itself became an act of defiance against the growing pains I was experiencing. Although my braces were eventually removed just before my senior year of high school, the stain of perfectionism they left on my personality never fully came out.

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Brace Yourself

Date of Creation: 01/02/2021

List of Materials: Pearls, steel, NiTi Thermal wire, elastomeric bands

Dimensions: 6in x 6in x 2in

Photographer's Name: Emily Cobb

Other Contributors: JV Collective (curatorial collaborators) In response to JV Collectives’ Fall 2020 curatorial project In-School Suspension, members of JV Collective dredged up their own feelings of nostalgia and angst for a time in life that is often messy and transformative: High School. Each member reflected on those formative years and the items that once adorned their bodies. This series of work, Homeroom, is a snapshot of adolescence and made its virtual debut during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.

Conceptual Statement: Brace Yourself is a series of work inspired by my experience wearing dental braces and devices throughout my adolescent years, from age 10 to 17. With a severe diastema and overbite, I was privileged to have parents that could financially support the years of dental work it would take to straighten my pearly whites. Time spent at the orthodontist was in tandem with my transition between childhood and adulthood, when smiling in itself became an act of defiance against the growing pains I was experiencing. Although my braces were eventually removed just before my senior year of high school, the stain of perfectionism they left on my personality never fully came out.

Cobb_Brace-Yourself-4.jpg

Brace Yourself

Date of Creation: 01/02/2021

List of Materials: Pearls, steel, NiTi Thermal wire, elastomeric bands

Dimensions: 6in x 6in x 2in

Photographer's Name: Emily Cobb

Other Contributors: JV Collective (curatorial collaborators) In response to JV Collectives’ Fall 2020 curatorial project In-School Suspension, members of JV Collective dredged up their own feelings of nostalgia and angst for a time in life that is often messy and transformative: High School. Each member reflected on those formative years and the items that once adorned their bodies. This series of work, Homeroom, is a snapshot of adolescence and made its virtual debut during Munich Jewellery Week 2021.

Conceptual Statement: Brace Yourself is a series of work inspired by my experience wearing dental braces and devices throughout my adolescent years, from age 10 to 17. With a severe diastema and overbite, I was privileged to have parents that could financially support the years of dental work it would take to straighten my pearly whites. Time spent at the orthodontist was in tandem with my transition between childhood and adulthood, when smiling in itself became an act of defiance against the growing pains I was experiencing. Although my braces were eventually removed just before my senior year of high school, the stain of perfectionism they left on my personality never fully came out.

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