I'm very excited to announce the first artist participating in the Given Guidelines project, Monique Rancourt. On top of creating her stunning sterling silver jewelry as an independent artist, selling at craft shows around the country, Monique runs her own Artisan Gallery in Waltham, MA. Monique Rancourt Artisan Gallery showcases around 20 other contemporary Jewelers, and over 15 other artists working in various mediums from ceramics to handmade clothing. She has also held various jewelry exhibitions in her gallery including her holiday earring show, "Ornaments for the Ear" in 2016, and 2017. I had the pleasure of interning then working for Monique for just under 4 years in and out of undergrad at MASSART. She is truly inspirational, and I can't wait to see what she creates for each Guideline!
"I think of jewelry as sculpture for the body. I tap into my love of the traditional adornment of Africa and Eurasia. Using sterling silver that add impact without much weight. The feel, sound, and movement of these multipart necklaces, bracelets, and rings allow a flexibility that responds to how they are worn. I want to create dynamic, contemporary forms that feel uniquely powerful and inspiring to the individual wearer. Combining traditional metalsmithing techniques in precious metals, my completed pieces create an alchemy of pattern, texture, and fragments of memory and call to mind the transformation of nature over time. Intricate groups of repeated elements that shift in size create an overall organic composition, with detailed textures. These repeated forms build up to a larger scale and a more dramatic impact to establish an urban, contemporary edge."
What interested you in being apart of the Guidelines project?
"I really wanted to work on this exciting project to force me to think outside of my comfort zone. I also enjoy the camaraderie that happens when artists come together for an exhibit. Especially in the jewelry world, such a rarity."