Jennifer Trask: Collected Jewels
July - August 2016
Jennifer Trask created an extraordinary group of art jewelry works exploring the intersection of art and the natural world, seen through her own curiosity about the world and the wonders she discovered as she developed this art project. The showpiece of this collection, produced primarily in the early 2000’s, is titled "Wunderkammer 2”, an apt description for Trask’s very personal and vibrantly colorful ‘cabinet of curiosities’.
The collection is made up of necklaces, pendants, and bracelets whose links are compartments highlighting Trask’s discoveries: brilliant powdered pigments, crushed gems, peacock feathers and butterfly wings of the order Lepidoptera distinguished with their Latin names. Trask sets these components in sterling silver and gold round compartments, sealed with watch crystals, to be worn. Like that cabinet of curiosities, these colorful, wearable and inviting jewels provoke a range of responses upon close examination, from delight to caution to discomfort, that telltale frisson of our not-always- easy relationship with nature and our role in it. This is the territory that Trask explores in her jewelry collections: yes, breathtakingly beautiful but is it ours to see, to have, to own? Judging from the many avid private collectors and public collections including Trask’s work, the answer is yes.
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
Museum of Arts + Design, New York, NY
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia
Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX
Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR
Rotasa Foundation, Tiburon, CA