Jennifer Crupi

Jennifer Crupi received her BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art and her MFA from SUNY, The College at New Paltz. Her work has been shown in over one-hundred national and international exhibitions—including exhibits at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, Museum Arnhem, Netherlands, Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt, Germany, and the Jewelry Museum, Vicenza, Italy. Jennifer was the recipient of two New Jersey State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships and a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant. Her work has been featured in numerous print publications including Metalsmith Magazine, Vogue Italia, Taiwan Crafts, and the books: Craft for a Modern World, 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Humor in Craft, among others. Jennifer is a Full Professor at Kean University, Union, NJ where she has taught since 1999.

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Tools for Reassuring Contact, #2 (shown worn)

Date of Creation: December 2, 2022

List of Materials: Sterling silver, plastisol rubber dip, acrylic.

Dimensions: 17" x 17" x 6"

Photographer's Name: Jennifer Crupi

Model's Name: Jennifer Crupi & Christian Luis

Conceptual Statement: Tools for Reassuring Contact explores the power and communicative abilities of touch. Studies show the touch of another has powerful implications and can be a much more precise way to communicate emotions. With so much of our dialog today being through digital means, I want to reaffirm the importance of touch with jewelry pieces that facilitate and exaggerate comforting gestures. Tools for Reassuring Contact, #2 recreates the comforting gesture of a hand on one’s forearm. The work implies an empty space where a second user is encouraged to place his or her hand. Once engaged with the piece, a spring loaded clamp is turned to press down on the knuckles, exaggerating the contact and pressure. The use of rubber tool dip, color selection, and peg-board-like display when not in use, recalls a common clamp or tool from a big box store. These everyday materials, however, are juxtaposed with sterling silver, highlighting the preciousness of the touch itself.

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Tools for Reassuring Contact, #2 (shown worn)

Date of Creation: 02/12/2022

List of Materials: Sterling silver, plastisol rubber dip, acrylic

Dimensions: 17" x 17" x 6"

Photographer's Name: Photo: Jennifer Crupi

Model's Name: Jennifer Crupi & Christian Luis

Conceptual Statement: Tools for Reassuring Contact explores the power and communicative abilities of touch. Studies show the touch of another has powerful implications and can be a much more precise way to communicate emotions. With so much of our dialog today being through digital means, I want to reaffirm the importance of touch with jewelry pieces that facilitate and exaggerate comforting gestures. Tools for Reassuring Contact, #2 recreates the comforting gesture of a hand on one’s forearm. The work implies an empty space where a second user is encouraged to place his or her hand. Once engaged with the piece, a spring loaded clamp is turned to press down on the knuckles, exaggerating the contact and pressure. The use of rubber tool dip, color selection, and peg-board-like display when not in use, recalls a common clamp or tool from a big box store. These everyday materials, however, are juxtaposed with sterling silver, highlighting the preciousness of the touch itself.

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