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On Body and Soul

On Body and SoulOn Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets
Author: Suzanne Ramljak

From the beginning of time, armor and amulets have been used for protection and are found in cultures across the globe, and those who crafted them have been esteemed as artists by their communities. The contemporary examples showcased here, in 200 eye-catching images, demonstrate the enduring artistry of the forms and the crucial role such objects can play in safeguarding body and soul, especially in our current Age of Terror. An exciting array of protective hardware (armor, barriers, wearable weaponry) and protective “software” (charms, amulets, talismans), reveal a broad range of strategies for human defense. Focusing on work from the twenty-first century, this captivating book features some of today’s finest artists and metalsmiths and testifies to the continued relevance of this creative pursuit. An introductory essay charts the wider cultural terrain of protective ornament–touching on issues of history, anthropology, and psychology, while portfolio sections spotlight subsets of defensive and offensive wear. Among the works of art are helmets, elaborate knuckledusters, pendants, collars, rings, bracelets, metal jackets, and chain mail, all designed for safety.

Suzanne Ramljak, a writer, art historian and curator, is editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts. She has contributed to several publications, and has lectured widely on contemporary art and craft.

The book is accompanied with an exhibition, Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, curated by Suzanne Ramljak. The exhibition showcases some 80 works—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—all designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. On view at The Metal Museum in Memphis, TN through September 7, 2014. The exhibition then travels to the Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA, October 18, 2014-February 1, 2015.

Book details:

On Body and Soul can be found at Schiffer Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4647-7
Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Pages: 152
Binding: hard cover
Price: $45.00

Artists included in the book:

Abrasha
Adam Grinovich
Aliyah Gold
Amy Hamai
Amy Johnston
Andrew Cooperman
Angela Gleason
Thomas Mann
Angelina Ciulik
Ted Noten
Barbara Mann
Rebecca Anderson
Boris Bally
Brett Haberkorn
Catherine Chandler
Catherine Gilbertson
Alexandra Chaney
Chris Galusha
Chris Wille
Christine Dhein
Corey Ackelmire
Dana Hakim
Dandi Maestre
Darcy Miro
Dauvit Alexander
David Page
Debbie & Jeff De Boer
Debra Baxter
Robert Ebendorf
Edward McCartney
Elissa rankino
Eric Wiggins
Erica Stankwytch Bailey
Erin Gardner
Michele Oka Doner
Danielle Nicole Wills
Heejin Hwang
Holland Houdek
Ingeborg Vandamme
Ira Sherman
Jan Smith
June Jasen
Jennifer Crupi
Jennifer Trask
Jesse Mathes
Jim Bove
John Jensen
Joji Kojima
Jorge Manilla
Josh Craig
Judith Hoyt
Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez
Kate Bauman Mess
Kathleen Kennedy
Kayla Rinne
Keith Lewis
Keith Lo Bue
Kelsey Simmen
Ken MacBain
Kristin Diener
Lilyana Bekic
Lisa Johnson
Lorena Lazard
Lori Talcott
Lynn Christiansen
Madelyn Smoak
Magnhild Disington
Maia Holtzman
Kelly Malec-Kosak
Marianne Hunter
Marilyn Da Silva
Mark Eliot Schwabe
Mark Ramsour
Mateusz Ferens
Maurie  O’Dea
Miel-Margarita Paredes
Mitchel Martin
Myra Mimlitsch-Gray
Nancy Worden
Nancy Moyer
Shaun Leane
Nanz  Aalund
Natalie Luder
Nicolas Estrada
Deanna Ooley
Parker Brown
Patricia Lemaire
Patrick Thaden
Patrick Walter
Paulette Myers
Philip Sajet
Rachelle Thiewes
Rebecca Barton
Rebekah Frank
Rickson Sharkey
Robert Coogan
Robert Jackson
Robert Thomas Mullen
Robin Quigley
Robyn Kane
Kiff Slemmons
Sara Brown
Stephen Saracino
Shana Astrachan
Nancy Slagle
Soyeon Kim
Lin Stanionis
Susan Cohn
Susan Kingsley
Ugo Serrano
Vanessa Walilko
Victoria Lansford
Wayne Werner
Wendy Yothers
William  Harper
Yun Sanghee


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