Profile picture of Tracy Lee Black

These neckpieces, from my MFA exhibition entitled Solace, present jewelry as a source of physical comfort.  Placed on the body and intimate in scale, jewelry fosters an interaction between an individual and an object.  Historically jewelry has ‘functioned’ as personal adornment, self-expression, status indicator, and memory keeper, taking into consideration the body of the wearer. More recently, artistic expression has become the primary focus in contemporary jewelry, with the wearer a secondary consideration. In contrast, my pieces consider the experience of the wearer integral to the work by recreating the sensation of comforting touch.

Medical research has shown that firm pressure touch to the upper torso reduces anxiety and can be used to treat a variety of medical conditions. The available therapeutic choices are effective but utilitarian and announce themselves as medical interventions. The neckpieces presented in Solace are an attractive alternative that are recognized and function as adornment. The physiological sensation of calmness or reduced anxiety conferred by the neckpieces is a fundamental component of my work.

Tracy Lee Black received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalwork from San Diego State University and her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University.  Before returning to school to begin her art career, Tracy received her PhD. in Microbiology from the University of Washington, conducted scientific research, and taught courses at Indiana University.  Her artwork focuses on texure, the sense of touch, and it's psychological effects. Tracy has been awarded an SDSU Art Council Scholarship, a Windgate Foundation Endowment Scholarship, two Alma Eikerman Memorial Scholarships for Excellence, and an Honorable Mention from the SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship. Her work has been published in 500 Art Necklaces.  She has exhibited nationally at The Ring Shows: Then and Now and Putting the Band Back Together, at the Topeka Competition and the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of Annual Exhibition. She has also exhibited internationally in the Annual Marzee International Graduate Show 2015 in Nijmegen, Netherlands and in the Friends of Carlotta's Rule The World exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland.

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.