About my work...
Frameworks and silhouettes are a recurring theme in my work. I use frameworks as a means of enclosing space and volume, creating scaffolding upon which to hang shifting perspectives, honed narratives and weathered memories in swatches of suggestive color. I employ silhouettes to interpose an idea (or ideas) between the viewer and the rest of the work. Negative or positive, silhouettes define and frame an avenue into the work or cast its subjects against the larger space and context of the work.
I am chiefly a fabricator, to which I attribute my love of thinking in three dimensions. I frequently use folded and tab-constructed structures; the experience of designing and experimenting with them is definitely my idea of a good time!
Vitreous enamels are a favorite source of transformative power and a rich potential for texture and color. I am drawn to deconstructed or fragmented found objects for the pops of color and hints of storytelling they offer.
Together, the use of these elements creates opportunities for constructing narrative that does not confine or constrain, that suggests rather than declares, that allows for ease of entry and the proposition that the viewer bring something of their own to the story, and perhaps leave what they will along the way.
frost in high places. Brooch, 2019.
When I Make...
I like to explore many ideas and themes, but I tend to return most often to the relationships between jewelry, body and landscape. I also spend a lot of time on the playground between art and science and in adapting the mechanisms of tab construction to wearable jewelry. The use of vitreous enamels is my primary means of injecting color into my work and I use this material in both traditional and innovative ways.
Copyright 2022, Nisa Blackmon
"My bench is only clean when there's nothing going on in my head. It's usually a pretty crazy place..."