Golden Mirror Brooch

Jill Baker Gower


Lewisville, TX, United States

3.5" X 2.5" X1.5"

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The female experience is a reoccurring theme in my work. I am informed by everyday interactions and observations of gender-based expectations or generalizations. Within advertisements, popular culture, and the media; similar colors, patterns, shapes, skills, and pastimes intended for women are apparent. My material choices, surfaces, and forms are developed through my memories, exposure, and interest in this experience. Pattern and decoration in my work are appropriated from lace, crochet, or floral motifs. These have a feminine subtext through their aesthetic value or process of making. Alternative, found, or non-precious materials are often incorporated for their nostalgic value, feminine connotation, or color.

I aim for my work to be both beautiful and playful and at times even absurd or humorous; it addresses my own repulsion, frustration, and at the same time attraction to gender-based expectations.

Jill is an artist, metalsmith, and educator who resides near Dallas, TX. Her work has been in numerous exhibitions nationwide and she has taught metals and jewelry courses and workshops at universities and craft schools across the U.S. In addition to her one-of-a-kind pieces Jill creates limited production work under the name Jill Kathleen Designs.

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