Multiple Exposures: Jewelry & Photography


Janet is pleased to show her sculpture Wealth in Africa
The Museum of Arts & Design,
2 Columbus Circle, NYC

Wealth in Africa is a mixed media sculpture in the form of a large necklace. Inspired by Janet’s long connection to the Continent, Wealth in Africa highlights the richness of Africa– the people and their culture(s). The title is meant to counter the relentless attention to poverty in Africa and to refocus attention on the richness, beauty and genius found there. In this work Janet uses photographs, video and sound she recorded in Kalabougou to pay homage to the renowned women potters, the upholders of a long tradition of skill, resilience and humanity. She resided and conducted research in Kalabougou during her Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship in 1994-5.

Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography is the first museum exhibition to explore how contemporary jewelry artists transform and add new meaning to the pervasive images of this digital age. Drawing inspiration from historic daguerreotypes to manipulated digital images, international jewelry artists explore changing views of beauty and the human body; examine social, political, and cultural issues; probe perceptions of memory and desire; and question the broader relation of jewelry to society and personal identity, issues central to the contemporary experience.