Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jan Yager [The tiara of useful knowledge]

I will always, always be susceptible to falling head long in love with any and all art that contrasts the organic and impermanent nature of nature with the hard edged longevity of forged man made materials, especially the art that directly interchanges plant material for metals. So, of course when I saw Jan's work I had myself a pretty nice intellectual swoon!

The tiara below is part of a long term study and artistic journey that Jan undertook in Philadelphia focusing on a particular section of Philadelphia sidewalk. Specifically on it It's flora, the way it was treated and perceived, the native and non-native plants co-existing and the implications of their interactions, historical uses and capabilities --- and the patch of sidewalks place in the social and cultural structure of the city and neighborhood...

Each piece of the tiara transforms, coming off to become a separate entity --- brooch, tie tac, pendants...

[all work by/belongs to Jan Yager, via her Web site]

And each piece represents a specific plant as well: (Left to Right, Back to Front) Common Ragweed, Sweet Clover, Lamb's Quarters, Plantain, Switch Grass, Potato, Rye, Prickly Lettuce, Crab Grass, Ant, Tobacco, Pebble.

Jan's own Web site is a little light on info, go here if you, like me, want to read a bit more about her artistic process and motivations in regards to the above work (and more)!

[originally found via heysusy]

4 comments:

Lizardo Art said...

Wow! This is really beautiful and has such a cool story behind it.

MAB Jewelry said...

Okay, that's just subtle and amazing, isn't it?

LethaColleen said...

Agreed!

Anonymous said...

The links don't work anymore :[ great piece though!!