Siegel Panda Show Episode #1: Jennifer Crupi, American metalworker known for unconventional jewelry.

Updated: Apr 29

Jennifer Crupi received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union School of Art, New York City, and her Master of Fine Arts from SUNY, The College at New Paltz, NY. She has been an exhibiting artist for the past 25 years and her work has been shown in over ninety national and international exhibitions—including exhibits at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C., Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic, and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, and The Jewelry Museum, Vicenza, Italy. Jennifer was the recipient of two New Jersey State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships (2012 and 2005) and a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant in 2010. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Metalsmith Magazine, Vogue Italia, and the books: 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Humor in Craft, among others. Jennifer is a Full Professor at Kean University, Union, NJ where she has taught since 1999. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., Museum of Contemporary Craft, OR and the Samuel Dorskey Museum of Art, NY.

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Sterling silver, acrylic, inkjet print on vellum.

15" x 8.5" x 5.5"

Permanent Collection, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Ornamental Hands: Figure One is the first of a series that reinforces long held standards of beauty by recreating the elegant hand positions seen in artworks throughout the centuries. Each work consists of attachments for the fingers that are suspended by chains and braced on the wrist, positioning the hand marionette-style. A play on precious jewelry, the real decorative ornament is the gestures these bracelets encourage the wearer to assume. The splint-like aesthetic of the works also plays with the idea of training the hand to rest in this graceful manner. Like corsets and other restrictive beauty aids, Ornament Hands is yet another extreme tool for beauty. When not worn, the pieces mount onto displays depicting details from the historic paintings that inspired them.

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