Linda Kindler Priest has a singular, complex vision of her jewelry art that she has pursued and developed over decades as a goldsmith and jeweler. Her goal seems no less than to integrate a great number of disparate parts – geometric form; the softer lines of naturalistic images; dimensionality, texture and the color of gemstones – into a single harmonious work. Not surprisingly, Priest’s work is adventurous, intricate, and unlike any other jewelry being made today – which is exactly what her collectors and appreciators value so greatly.
Interested in natural forms, the artists uses repoussé, to create three-dimensional images – flowers, fish, animals, or insects – 14K gold. These images are usually confined to an arbitrary geometric space – often pushing at the form’s edge or actually overlapping and falling out of view. While the images themselves are benign, there is a great deal of tension created by their confinement. Added to this, Priest uses gemstones not as pretty accents to the primary image, but to balance the form itself: the stones are essential to the work, demand attention by their placement rather than their color, and often function as unexpected punctuation to the primary image. About her work, Priest says only that she “finds pleasure in creating forms, whether fantasy or real, from which people may relate their dreams or realities.”
Linda Kindler Priest graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she also did postgraduate work in silversmithing. She has taught at the DeCordova Museum and the Massachusetts College of Art as well as the Museum of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States, to the delight of her fans.