Ritual Estate

Jill Rockwell

The Opening reception will take place on Friday, April 11, 2008, from 6–9 p.m. at Xchanges Artists’ Gallery and Studios, 420 William St. in Vic West.

Ritual Estate, A Show of Wearable Sculpture

“In creating these wearable artworks, I am accessing a speculated material history of the works’ component pieces; the works comprise found objects, scrap metal, children’s toys, old hand tools, collectible miniatures, and small-scale sculptures. By assembling these small, found articles into permanently fused narrative collections that may be worn as personal or ceremonial ornament, I invoke the entirety of the piece as a vessel of ritual power and as a wearable estate. As with ceremonial tools from non-white, non-western cultures, I intend that the art objects actually be worn by people and thus accumulate meaning through contact with activities of the human wearer and with the special occasion of its being carried on a living body.”


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