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"Jana Brevick's imagination contorts the mundane and makes it magnificent."
–The Seattle Met
“In Jana Brevick's hands, the prosaic household object or tool is transformed into a gem. The resulting work juxtaposes a high level of metal craftsmanship with a droll tongue-in-cheek delivery. With a nod to Man Ray, these wry "chance meetings" are often accompanied by twists on scale and proportion that challenge conventions of wearability.
Brevick is insatiably curious about the world and beyond. Her ongoing research into mathematics and the natural sciences forms the basis for many of her pieces. In her work, an awe for the history of scientific discovery and innovation is offset by her fascination with the beauty of obsolete technologies. Employing a visual language that is simultaneously anachronistic and futuristic, the artist tackles universal themes: from the alchemy of merging creative and scientific processes, to the Romantic journey of the individual into the sublime.”
–Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft Bellevue Arts Museum

My work reflects my training in fashion, goldsmithing and metal design filtered through my interests of obsolete technology, structures of cells, punk rock and noise, space travel, accidental cartology, the shock or fun of new discovery in any field and the exhilaration of diving into a project when you know almost nothing about what will happen or what is expected of you.

My working system drives materials to suit the idea, using traditional techniques when applicable or discarding them like last season’s darling if not. The closest analog is in Man Ray’s photograms, where what had been seen as a technical error was instead used to inform a new way of using existing materials. This aspect of my work is clearly experimental in nature and allows for humor to shine through, undisturbed by conventional application of materials or techniques.

My long interest in jewelry has made me both attentive to the human form as backdrop to artwork and as participant in its use. My pieces frequently involve kinetic elements, which requires viewer initiation. Questions of viewer versus participant are raised when you are asked to touch an object attached to another person! Jewelry has also given opportunity to experiment with changing scales in a body of work, or sometimes in the same piece. Taking a normal object out of context using scale compels a reaction.

These sorts of uncertain and uncanny moments are abundant in my pieces and add delight to my working process. They press the viewer/wearer into an active role in the experience and they challenge our perceptions of where artwork resides as well as from which material it is made. My given title of Experimental Interactionist comes from my practice and moves me to continue expanding.

Where to Buy

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