Maryland to Murano: Neckpieces and Sculptures by Joyce J. Scott

Defrost, by Joyce J. Scott, 2013; neckpiece; woven glass beads and pearls, courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA.

Exhibition, MAD Museum, New York, USA, until 22 march 2015.
In Joyce J. Scott’s hands, human adornment becomes a vehicle for social commentary and a means for confronting contentious issues affecting contemporary society. The expo features the personal and political narratives embedded in Scott’s work, which tackles such complex themes as poverty, rape, love, sex, racial stereotypes, and social disturbances, as well as tales from American and African history. Examined here is the relationship between Joyce J. Scott’s beaded and constructed jewellery and her more recent figural work executed at the Berengo Studio in Murano, Italy that combines beads and glass, demonstrating how her ability to construct forms from glass beads without the use of armatures allowed her to make an easy transition to crafting large, freestanding figures that accommodate complex narratives.