Steven KP (Kaplan-Pistiner)

Steven KP (He/They) is an artist, jeweler, and educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, KP received their MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. KP’s studio practice is centered around investigations of empathy, material culture, and queer experience. KP is a 2017 Windgate Fellow awarded by the Center for Craft, Ashville, NC USA, winner of the 2020 Marzee Prize from Gallerie Marzee in Nijmegen, NL, and recipient of a Museum of Arts and Design Acquisition Award .

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Partially undone knot (double over-hands) brooch

Date of Creation: May 15, 2022

List of Materials: Hand-carved ebonized cherry wood, sterling silver

Dimensions: 9.25x2.5x2.5

Photographer's Name: Rob Chron

Model's Name: Dave Bermingham, Greg Romano

Conceptual Statement: "KP expands upon the current body of works with a collection of photographs portraying members of his creative peer growup in his adoptive home city of Providence, RI. The subjects in these photographic works gaze directly (or nearly) into the camera’s lens; the stare is dispassionate but steady and self-owning. They are adorned with the carved jewels but are not subordinate to them. In other images, the pieces dangle amid entwined bodies, the knots a mimesis of the relationships portrayed herein. Viewed collectively, these compelling individuals and loved ones represent the artist’s “chosen” family. Their gathering here recalls various conceptions of “family”—genetic, chosen, or otherwise—and how all forms of personal connections have been challenged in unexpected ways during this cataclysmic time. The concept of “chosen families” is known to queer individuals who form supportive and loving communities that help them heal and flourish when biological families have rejected..."

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doubled over (pendant)

Date of Creation: 15/05/2022

List of Materials: Hand-carved ebonized cherry wood, sterling silver, deerskin leather

Dimensions: 7x2.5x2"

Photographer's Name: Rob Chron

Model's Name: Steven Velazquez

Conceptual Statement: "KP expands upon the current body of works with a collection of photographs portraying members of his creative peer group in his adoptive home city of Providence, RI. The subjects in these photographic works gaze directly (or nearly) into the camera’s lens; the stare is dispassionate but steady and self-owning. They are adorned with the carved jewels but are not subordinate to them. In other images, the pieces dangle amid entwined bodies, the knots a mimesis of the relationships portrayed herein. Viewed collectively, these compelling individuals and loved ones represent the artist’s “chosen” family. Their gathering here recalls various conceptions of “family”—genetic, chosen, or otherwise—and how all forms of personal connections have been challenged in unexpected ways during this cataclysmic time. The concept of “chosen families” is known to queer individuals who form supportive and loving communities that help them heal and flourish when biological families have rejected..."

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gatherings (necklace)

Date of Creation: 15/05/2022

List of Materials: Hand-carved ebonized cherry wood, sterling silver, deerskin leather

Dimensions: Each drape 4.5-6” long

Photographer's Name: Rob Chron

Model's Name: Eddie Tarbox, Martin Jimenez

Other Contributors: Naava Miliken, Writer

Conceptual Statement: "KP expands upon the current body of works with a collection of photographs portraying members of his creative peer growup in his adoptive home city of Providence, RI. The subjects in these photographic works gaze directly (or nearly) into the camera’s lens; the stare is dispassionate but steady and self-owning. They are adorned with the carved jewels but are not subordinate to them. In other images, the pieces dangle amid entwined bodies, the knots a mimesis of the relationships portrayed herein. Viewed collectively, these compelling individuals and loved ones represent the artist’s “chosen” family. Their gathering here recalls various conceptions of “family”—genetic, chosen, or otherwise—and how all forms of personal connections have been challenged in unexpected ways during this cataclysmic time. The concept of “chosen families” is known to queer individuals who form supportive and loving communities that help them heal and flourish when biological families have rejected..."

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