Margo Manning: Jewelry

I have always been drawn to antiquity and the persistent evolution of form. We are surrounded by the marks of nature and time; I find in this an unending source of beauty and inspiration. In designing, I approach a piece of jewelry first as a composition in metal and second as a movable, functional object. I intend to create jewelry that appears to have been altered by the elements of nature and time. The incorporation of patterns, surface textures, shapes and hints of color into the jewelry represents the integration of the natural forces - water, heat, corrosion, abrasion and pressure. The primary techniques that I use to change the visual and physical characteristics of metal are embossing, etching, filing, forming, fusing, stamping, reticulation, heating, enameling and oxidizing. I want to evoke a certain mystery in my jewelry and metalwork - the same mystery associated with the unknowns of our past and the imagined glimpses into our future. My artist vocabulary is derived from the textures, colors and forms around me and New Orleans provides an endless source of inspiration. The surfaces, rust and corrosion, the ornamental and architectural details offer a rich and beautiful collection of shapes and patterns to draw from. The local lush and exotic vegetation, along with plant and flower imagery are often seen as details as well as focal points in my work.