LUKE TOWNE

USA, Providence, Rhode Island School of Design, 2019

Spring MMXIX

I see the qualities of gemstones in the bare face of a limestone outcrop. It is mysterious, mute, yet contains vast histories; it is evidence of passing time, upheavals and metamorphoses. Stone is animate and I carve it into a range of forms; some gestural, blurring together the structures of tools, bones, bodies and implements. Others are pictorial, using image and icon to connect the wearer to a site or material. A neckpiece may tell of a once burning fire in a hearth or a passenger traversing a shadowed landscape. Some carvings collide with surgical steel chains, ashes from animal remains, leather and reconstructed stone. The fossil record is confused. The lithic and the modern are linked.

I do not reject the digital age. I am interested in the collision of lifecycles. The impact between expansive geologic time and the momentary human timescale is evidence of bodies and landscapes in constant reciprocity. Through my jewellery, I try to witness our matter in sync with the lithic, coalescing into new form.

 

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