My name is Kellie Riggs, BFA graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and post- Fulbright Scholar in Italy researching the state of contemporary art jewelry and how (or if) the field overlaps with visual art culture. Please use this blog as a resource to learn more about artists, happenings and new ideas within the field. To learn more about my current investigations, please click the ‘BOUT THIS BLOG link and the COSMOLOGY link above. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you’re curious about my own studio work or want my CV, you can visit www.kellieriggs.com Scroll down below the images for a full bio.
Kellie Riggs (b. 1986) is an alum of the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BFA with honors in the Jewelry + Metalsmithing department in the spring of 2011. Riggs’ work derives from a long nurtured relationship with Italy, a country the artist has been traveling to since a young age and living in and out of since her time in Rome on RISD’s European Honors program in Spring 2010. All of her work can be seen as fragmented pieces of a visual vocabulary taken from classic architectural fundamentals of adornment. Riggs translates the decorative and at times structural articulation of interior architectural spaces to the scale of the body with both of her production lines and within her one-off artworks.
After graduation, Kellie was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Italy with a project entitled: Past and Present: Italian Contemporary Jewelry as Art. The proposal began with an interest in Italy’s deep-rooted commitment to telescoping its own visual history by investigating artistic patterns that includeds the maintenance of tradition found in relative contemporary artworks. Historical examples include the oeuvre of Michelangelo and Borromini, Italian mannerist paintings and Rational Architecture as well; yet a less known example can also be found in a small lineage of goldsmiths out of Padua. Beginning in the late 1950’s, artists like Francesco Pavan, Giampaolo Babetto, Graziano Visintin and Stefano Marchetti, re-conceptualized goldsmithing as an artistic practice, similarly valuing the use of tradition to in order to transcend it.
These artists belong to only one facet of the small word that is Contemporary Jewelry; an international and extremely diverse yet off the grid artistic practice founded on conceptual development. Riggs’ own grant research quickly became almost entirely devoted to the understanding and promotion of Contemporary Jewelry by way of constant travel throughout Europe to visit galleries and speak with artists. Kellie’s research investigates the field’s relationship to visual art culture by concentrating on sematic confusion and redefinition of the field so as to find easier ways to introduce, discuss and critique the work being produced. Although her official grant period ended in the summer of 2012, Kellie has chosen to settle in Florence to continue her research, start new studio and production projects, and to eventually launch a new associated called, The Secret Formula.