Jo McAllister

The work of jeweler Jo McAllister demonstrates simplicity of form but not content. Since 1999, she has used stones found in the landscape as hammers and anvils to create subtly undulating surfaces and edges. These percussive disruptions accentuate the whiteness of fine silver 999 and reveal the rich colors of high-karat gold. Initially prompted by the deceptive qualities of desert light and the desiccation of textures within those landscapes, McAllister’s work continues to be concerned with light and space. Experiential photographs and notes made in ancient and contemporary, natural and constructed landscapes enable congruous development of her studio practice that incorporates core jewelry collections, metaphysical series of jewelry and objects, and concept-driven pieces.


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