(...) When I buy some-thing, I want it to be good and special. I can’t define exactly what makes an object good and special, but I know it when I see it. Good can mean beautiful, or well-made, or highly functional. Special often means I am convinced that this thing is the best version of whatever it is—or at least the best version that I can afford. If it’s a limited edition, it feels especially special.
Maybe contemporary jewelers think that their work is automatically good because it’s “art.” Maybe they think it’s automatically special because it’s one-of-a-kind. But we need to make things that people care about. Things that people can fall in love with. Things that people see and keep thinking about for days afterward. Jewelry is inherently participatory, and we must allow people to participate. (...)
>> read here the complete Manifesto of Hannah Oatman
Hannah Oatman, graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is the winner of the 6th edition of the JPLUS Award by Klimt02. The award consists on a solo exhibition presenting a selection of the graduation project works consisting in 3 series: Collect me!, Art Over Time and Build Your Own!
Hannah Oatman’s thesis work investigates relationships between art, product, advertising, packaging, collecting, interaction, and choice. Her work reflects on the insular nature of contemporary art jewelry and introduces strategies that can increase its appeal and access to a wider audience.
The Line by Hannah Oatman
at Hannah Gallery by Klimt02
3 - 31 March 2021