Artist Statement: Jacqueline Riordan
In the early 1990's, I left my 9-year career at IBM to find a
new career related to the arts. With technology moving so quickly
and the projects I worked on becoming obsolete in a year or so,
I wanted to find work that left something more lasting as a results
of my efforts. I moved from New York City to San Francisco and immersed
myself in various artistic endeavors, finally discovering my love
for jewelry design. I happily live and work in San Francisco creating
and doing what I love. I hope that these objects I create in metals
and stones will last and become artifacts and relics to be enjoyed
for generations to come.
Medieval stone-encrusted chalices, boxes, reliquaries and crosses,
as well as armor strongly influence my recent work. I use an abundance
of multi-colored gemstones scattered over geometric forms and create
mesh-like chains of fine silver wire to imply the feeling of elegant
armor. These works feel both delicate and precious with the uses
of gemstones and the lightness of the hand-crochet work, yet, at
the same time elicit the feeling of strength and protection through
the use of elements of medieval artifacts and armor.
I attach the delicate hand-crocheted mesh to the heavier sterling
with cabochon screws that I create. I also utilize torch enamels,
that I have hand-painted in an abstract expressionist manor, as
the stones in my work. The scattering of stones, like "Constellations"
and the abstract expressionist enamels allows me to introduce a
random element that intrigues me.
My objective is to take ancient motifs and techniques and mix them
with modern geometric elements in a contemporary context to create
a new vocabulary for my own personal expression.
Currently, I am expanding into new creative territory, inspired
by puzzle pieces. I find the designs they make on their own through
the linking of shapes fascinating. I enjoy playing with the linear
patterns the spaces between shapes create. I also have begun to
play with creating interactive puzzles where the magnetic pieces
I have made can be removed from their jewelry frame. I have many
more exciting variations on this theme as well as my medieval inspired
collection to be unveiled shortly at my upcoming shows.
I take great pride in my work. I work on each piece to assure the
highest level of quality in materials and craftsmanship. I love
what I do and put my heart and soul into each piece. The result
is a piece that has been uniquely designed and hand finished by
the artist. I hope that the wearer will find as much joy in wearing
my jewelry as I have enjoyed designing and making it.