As an artist working with adornment, I am particularly interested in the relationship between object and wearer. In my jewelry I explore the creation of self-awareness and the transformation of intimate physical understandings of the body.

Tangible Hope is a series of compelling and evocative wearable objects of contemplation that utilize visual metaphor and material exploration to focus on concepts of loss of innocence, fear and hope. With fear ever present in our “Age of Terror”, I find myself looking for hope. This searching has led me to examine objects from the past, from the history of jewelry and metalsmithing, such as amulets, talisman, Memento Mori (symbolic reminders of mortality), and medieval reliquaries. I have also been drawn towards imagery I associate with a nostalgic longing for childhood innocence. The materials chosen for these objects have a profound impact on the content of the work, for example, hair (from my youth, my daughter, my mother), bone, and childhood toys. Since the beginning of human civilization, we have created objects during times of fear and uncertainty in an attempt to embody hope. These objects are my attempt to make the intangible tangible.

Anika Smulovitz’s scholarly and artistic work draws on the rich history of the field of Metals/Jewelry. Her work confronts the concepts of power, beauty, and cultural values, while bringing insight to the discourse between material culture and contemporary society. Smulovitz’s current research is focused on the non-neutrality of materials, issues of adornment and the body. She also hold a US Design Patent for her Lip Liners.

Anika Smulovitz is an artist, metalsmith, and Professor of Art at Boise State University. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Smulovitz’ work is exhibited nationally and internationally, and appears in numerous publications. She received her MFA (2003) and MA (2001) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her BFA from the University of Oregon (1997).

Where to Buy

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