Naked Truth Cultural Adornment
April 4 - 29, 2014
My work integrates provocative topics into adornment, art objects and installations. I conceptually build my work by recycling aspects of the human experience found in the news media.
My obsession with news media is the result of enduring a challenging childhood with dyslexia. I attribute my success in learning to read to newspapers. The fewer number of words per line alleviated my anxiety and initiated a life long preoccupation.
In the past few years I have been working on a body of work inspired by Madeleine Albright’s book, Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box. Her choices of adornment embody the power of communication in jewelry, to which my work aspires. One objective is to see how much content and imagery I can layer into a small object. Layering information, iconic images and manipulating text allows the visual impact of text and images to dissolve and evolve into new and sometimes unforeseen information. Playing with scale and dimensions help redefine the experience of my objects.
Furthermore, my work is an investigation into the meaning of value and the psychology of the culture we live in. By embedding current issue into metal, my work raises questions of value that may allow adornment to cross over to artifact. My goal is to create a shared space where unavoidable, provocative, cultural subject matter and finely crafted jewelry coexist. – Liana Tomchesson
Liana Tomchesson, Austin Texas based artist since 1999, weaves cultural content and text into wearable adornment. Responding to current news media, the work manipulates scale and layers of information into the forms that comprise or reference wearable jewelry. Tomchesson relies on news media as a cultural concept for her work and technology is central to her skill set.
Highlights from this past year include a group show titled Variable Proximity at the ABIA International Airport in Austin, Tx. This show ran throughout the holiday season from November 2013 to January 2014 and included artists Masumi Kataokaand Gary Schott. Tomchesson was also selected in an Internationally Juried group exhibition at the WoCA Gallery, Fort Worth, Tx. titled (Inter)Connections.
Tomchesson received a BFA from North Texas State University in 1986 and is currently a teaching fellow working on a MFA at the College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas. In May of this year she will complete her Masters in the area of Jewelry and Metalsmithing with a minor in New Media.