a gentle pull

Steven KP


Providence, Rhode Island, United States

4.5 x 28 x 3.7 cm

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Photo credit: Rob Chron

I call them “Partially Undone” and that’s all they can ever be. They are gestures rendered slowly in between being fully tightened and unraveled. They are given the allowance and power to be perpetually unresolved. They are objects of tension that bind nothing in place but their own existence, and they will never come undone. My “Partially Undone Knots” pass as knots – as not-wood. Until they are handled, the weight, or lack thereof, defies what is conventionally expected of the dark hue, and the drapery of the strands holds its form as its moved through space. They are wooden and unmoving, and this is only fully understood once you hold them in your hands, wear them and move with them.

There is no moment of resolution, only development as they are lived with – and this ongoing relationship is how we work against alienation. It is how we foster connection and how I can practice the tenderness I need in my studio.

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.

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