Boris Bally

Artist Statement

Most aboriginal cultures, including this country’s own native Americans, have adorned themselves with jewelry made of various animal parts such as feathers, fur, leather, claws, bones, or teeth. These objects served as talismanic charms and, in the form of the archetypal bear-claw necklace, gave a hunter/warrior the spirit and strength of the animal whose disabled ‘weapons’ he was wearing.  Such a necklace was perceived as a symbol of bravery, strength and respect.

Brave III is made of 100 hand-gun-triggers, cut and torn from the dismembered weapons reclaimed from the Pittsburgh gun buy-back program Goods for Guns.

This urban mojo protects the wearer from the gun violence so prevalent in today’s culture.

Boris Bally is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.

Born: Chicago, IL, 1961

Lives: Providence, RI



B.F.A., Metals, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 1984

Foundation & Metals Program, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, 1982

Intensive Goldsmith Apprenticeship, Alexander Schaffner Goldschmied, Basel, Switzerland, 1980


Selected Exhibitions


Re:Position, SNAG Conference, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)



ART AND THE OBJECT, Rhode Island College, Bannister Art Gallery, Providence, RI

Fabulous Flatware: Non-Traditional Tools of the Table, Art Museum of University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

OPEN MIND: International Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea



Adornment and Excess: Jewelry in the 21st Century, Miami University Art Museum, Miami, OH

ReObjectification, Ferrin Galley, Pittsfield, MA



Manuf®actured: The Conspicuous Transformation of Everyday Objects, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR

Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY



Glasswear, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH (traveling)



Feeding Desire: Design and Tools for the Table, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, NY

Trashformations East, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (catalogue)



Aluminum by Design: Jewelry to Jets, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA (catalogue; traveling)

Objects For Use: Handmade By Design, American Craft Museum, New York, NY  (catalogue)


Selected Grants and Awards

2012 Honorable Mention, Repurposed Materials in Art & Design, Eco Arts Awards, Asheville, NC

2009 Finalist/Winner, International Spark Design Award, New York, NY

2006 Visual Arts - Individual Achievement Award, Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

2002, 1999 Fellowship in Design, Rhode Island Council on the Arts, Providence, RI


Selected Collections

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York, NY

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY 

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT