Typically the topic of jewelry falls squarely into the Material Girl category. Give ladies pearls, diamonds, gems, and other shiny what-have-yous, and you’ll woo them with ease. But ASU MFA student Katie Poterala looks at jewelry differently.
Poterala works with copper, brass, and repurposed stones to craft her necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. “My practice is informed by historical jewels, social observation, and an interest in perceived value,” Poterala says. And in playing with perception – by using natural elements that are easily found, as opposed to stones mined and sold for extravagant prices– Poterala questions the motives behind self-adornment.
On view through Sunday, April 29, “Decadence and Decay” will showcase her work before she graduates in May and returns home to North Carolina to pursue teaching and opening her own studio.