Katherine Morrissey


“Necklace (brooch) II “; Found necklace, silver; 5 x 6 x 8.5 inches


“Necklace (brooch) I”; Found necklace, pyrite, white bronze, silver; 9 x 15 x 1 inches

In this moment, it seems that time spent to visually recognize or notice is fleeting. My practice, rooted in the historical and contemporary approaches to craft, has no adherence to currently logical use of time. Using jewelry as subject and medium, I often spend hundreds of hours fabricating settings that capture gestures created with found jewelry and jewelry counter parts. Continually interested in mass produced and readily available jewelry and the immediacy in which these pieces can be recognized, understood, consumed, and soon forgotten, I aim to create new situations for cheap jewelry items.

Counterparts such as beads and stones are used in their found condition, and often act as a line or gesture in a three dimensional drawing, rather than as their intended purpose as a functional element in a piece of jewelry. My labor and use of raw materials, such as silver, augment the monetary as well as use value of these previously unoriginal and accessible items. By accentuating relationships based on color or surface texture, and freezing moments that are often perceived in motion, the formal decisions I make adhere to their own hierarchy of value. Breaching expectations through consideration, my work values and accentuates values that I believe can only be translated visually.


“Lost clasp”; silver, white bronze, opal, found beads; 9 x 5 x 1 inches