Alison Pack


Radford, VA, United States

20 x 4.5 x .5 inches

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Photo credit: Ken Bova

My work is influenced by glamour, kitsch, and the fashion of feminine pop culture. I have frequently used popular cliché references as carriers of personal experience and social/psychological conflict. In the past these have included body consciousness, eating disorders, marital conflict, and the commodification of feminine beauty.
Recently I have narrowed my imagery down to two fundamental forms – the bow and heart. For me they ideally represent the dichotomy of cliché as a carrier for new social messaging. I’ve just started a new body of jewelry with bows and hearts as the “canvas” on which to render my experience with various emotional states while honoring my love of all things feminine.

Professor of Metalsmithing, Radford University; 2016 Niche award winner in hollowware. Exhibitions include: Alchemy 6; Taubman Museum (solo); Paper Alchemy, Istanbul; Under Fire 3; Surface Matters Grit or Gloss. Publications include: The Art of Fine Enameling, Humor in Craft; Metalsmith; Cast; Art Jewelry Today 3; Art Jewelry Today 2.

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