Dauvit Alexander

Artist Statement

 

I am fortunate in having been spared any real violence in my life: mugged once in the streets of Glasgow, but other than that, nothing. Therefore, I came to the idea of interviewing people who have experienced violent events first-hand, perhaps even instigating those events themselves, allowing them to tell their stories and giving me something to work around. Once the interviews started, I realized that my response, the jewelry piece, was not enough… it needed to be given context, to be presented with the narrative upon which it was based. In collaboration with photographer, Simon Murphy, I decided to use a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach; presenting text, photographs and objects as a response. The dynamics and tensions created with these three approaches gives a rounded picture of how deeply violence can affect lives.

 

Born: Bothwell, Scotland, 1964

Lives: Glasgow, Scotland

 

Education

B.Sc., Horticulture, London University, London, England

PGCSE (TQFE), The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

 

Selected Exhibitions

2013

Ferrous, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA

I Am Iron Man, solo exhibition, Ayse Takesi Gallerisi, Istanbul, Turkey

Stain-less, Sheffield Institute of the Arts, Sheffield, England

 

2012

Contemporary Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures, Sculptural Objects, Functional Art Exposition (SOFA), Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures, National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN (traveling exhibition)

Solo Exhibition, Llantanam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales

 

2011

Beneath The Skin, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield, England

Group Exhibition, The Landfill Art Project, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Treasure, London Jewelry Week, Goldsmith’s Company Pavilion-Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, England

 

2010

Re:Collect, Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Wales

 

Selected Publications

Estrada, Nicolas. New Rings: 500 Designs From Around The World. New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 2011.

Hettmansperger, Mary. Heat, Color, Set & Fire. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2012.

Martin, Brigitte. Humor in Craft. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2012.

Skowood, Heather. Jewelry from Found Objects. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2010.

Van Damme, Jaak. Jewelbook: International Annual of Contemporary Jewel Art. Oostkamp, Belgium: Stichting Kunstboak, 2012.

Young, Anastasia. The Guide to Gemstone Settings. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.

 

Website: www.justified-sinner.com