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In my art jewelry practice, I harness the dual forces of imagery and text from the historical record to intuitively craft a dream-like visual language in glass and metal that celebrates the mind and the imagination as a powerful mythopoetic tool for critical thinking, sentience and change. The method I work with transforms random imagery and text from the far-to-recent past into miniature multi-nuanced and overlapping frescos that dance with metaphysical meaning and speak to the collective unconscious realm that we all share.

My intuitively designed and layered narrative talismans and amulets in vitreous enamel and metal extend an invitation to the viewer to become a magician for a moment, an alchemist in reverie, a shaman dreaming a new world. They function as a bridge between the physical, material realm and the invisible, unseen and mysterious territory of the mind. The next iteration of humanity will blossom and metamorphosize in this virtually uncharted interface, leading to a transcendence of the material realms of space and time, and ushering in a wonderland of new ideas and non-local possibilities.

“…there is a thinking in primordial images, in symbols which are older than the historical man, which are inborn in him from the earliest times, and, eternally living, outlasting all generations, still make up the groundwork of the human psyche..wisdom is a return to them.”

-C.G. Jung

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Kim Nogueira is an automatist and studio jeweler.

She resides on the sub-tropical island of St John, in the US Virgin Islands, where she first began working as a production goldsmith, learning the trade on the job two decades ago. Her BA in sociology from Smith College supports the multidimensional, thought-based, yet spiritually-inspired and intuitively-guided explorations that undergird her wearable narrative art practice.  Her enamel work has been shown in juried and curated exhibitions both abroad and nationally, most recently at  "MAD about Jewelry” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and currently in A Cache of Kinetic Art: Tiny Intricacies at the Morris Museum in NJ – and has been published in periodicals and books, including Narrative Jewelry (Mark Fenn, Schiffer Publishing, 2017), 1000 Beads (Kristina Logan, Lark Books, 2014), The Art of Fine Enameling (Karen Cohen, Stackpole Books, 2019) and Behind the Brooch (Lorena Angulo, Schiffer Publishing, 2014).

Her layered narratives in glass and metal extend a helping hand, an invitation to see the world with curious eyes, the eyes of a child. You are often invited to turn a tiny crank handle which activates movement in the work, to become a magician for a moment, an alchemist in reverie, a shaman dreaming the world.

Kim Nogueira, St John/USVI
b. 1967
art jeweller/enamelist/automatist

1990 Bachelor of Arts, Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA

Professional Positions
1999-2016 goldsmith, R&I Patton, St John, USVI

Juried and curated exhibitions
2021 Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss; Eckert Art Gallery, Millersville University, PA
2020 Surface Matters: Grit or Gloss; Georgia Southern University, GA
2020 Glasshouses; Association for Contemporary Jewellery 2020 member’s exhibition; Vittoria Street Gallery, UK venue cancelled due to covid; online
2020 Drawing on the body; Gallery Baum, Seoul, South Korea
2020 Growth & Evolution, Royal Venus Hotel, Kunming, China
2020 A Cache of Kinetic Art: Tiny Intricacies; Morris Museum/A Smithsonian Affiliate; NJ
2020 Connections/Connessioni, the Lighthouse, Glasgow, Scotland and Italy
2019  Museum of Arts and Design MAD ball contributing artist, New York City
2019  Connections/Connessioni, the Goldsmiths’ Centre, London, United Kingdom
2019  Tales of the Subconscious, Gill Wing Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2019  Flaunt: A showcase of contemporary earrings, The Smithery, Columbus, OH
2019  In search of the found, Adorned Spaces SNAG conference, Chicago, IL
2019  Alchemy 5: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels, LaVerne Krause Gallery and Museum of Glass
2019  LOOT: MAD about Jewelry, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY
2018  Under Fire 2, Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA
2018  Le génie des images,  LA Joaillerie par Mazlo, Paris, France
2018  9th annual 10 x 10 x 10 small works, Tieton Arts and Humanities, Tieton, OR
2018  Alchemy 4: Transformation in Contemporary Enamel, Metals Museum, Memphis, TN
2018  The Earring Show, Craft Council of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
2017  Alchemy 4: Transformation in Contemporary Enamel, Arrowmont, Ohio Craft Museum
2017  Here + Now, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
2017  International Metal Clay Exhibition, Pole Bijou Gallery, Baccarat, France
2016  Storytelling in Metal, FL Society of Goldsmiths, Morean Arts Center, St Petersburg, FL
2016  Abandoned Margins: Policing the black female body, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL
2015  Underfire enamel exhibition, Enamel Guild/Northeast
2015  Alchemy 3: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels, Montserrat College of Art, NH Center for Craft
2014  The Narrative Jewelry Show, Brumfield’s Gallery, ID
2014  Soulcology in Metals, Guilford Art Center, Guildford, MA
2014  Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL

Awards and residencies
2021 Project Mesh; enamelist residency; Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, Columbia NC
2020 Pentaculum artist residency, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN (cancelled due to coronavirus)
2016   Storytelling in Metal (third place), Florida Society of Goldsmiths
2015   Lapidary Journal “The Gemmys” finalist
2013   Tales of the Heart (first place), Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

2020 Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey 2019; Society of North American Goldsmiths Vol 3, OR
2019  Current Obsession Paper; NYC Jewelry Week 2019 issue
2019  Alchemy 5: Transformations in Contemporary Enamels catalogue, Enamelist Society: GA
2019  The Art of Fine Enameling, Karen Cohen, Stackpole Books: Lanham
2019  Jewelry and Metalsmithing Survey 2018; Society of North American Goldsmiths Vol 2, OR
2019  In search of the found exhibition catalogue, Lieta Marziali: Holt, UK
2018  Under Fire 2 enamel exhibition catalogue (cover); Enamel Guild North East
2018  9th annual 10 x 10 x 10 catalogue; Tieton Arts and Humanities 
and Marquand Editions: Tieton, WA
2017  Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox, Mark Fenn, Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA
2017  Alchemy 4: Transformations in Contemporary Enamels catalogue, Enamelist
 Society: Norcross, GA
2015  Alchemy 3: Transformations in Contemporary Enamels catalogue, Enamelist
 Society: Norcross, GA
2015  Joyas que hablan, Gold and Time, June issue
2014  The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange, Olga Raben, IngramSpark Publishing: Charleston
2014  Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches and Pin Stems, Lorena Angulo, 
 Schiffer Publishing: Atglen, PA
2014  1000 Beads, Kristina Logan; Lark Crafts/Sterling Publishing: New York, NY
2014  Beyond Jewelry, Art Jewelry Magazine, Theresa Abelew, May, p 82
2014  Jewelry Art goes on Display at Brumfield’s Gallery, JCK online, Emili Vesilind
2014  Memento Mori: Automaton Jewelry, Faith is Torment: Art and Design blog, Jason Jose
2013  Living an Artful Life, Brit Hammer, April issue
2013  Caribbean Connection: The Magical World of Automatons, Old Town Crier, Jamie Elliott
2012  Automata as jewelry, The Automata Blog, Dug North
2012  Automata for the body, Daily Art Muse, Susan Lomuto
2012  Miniature worlds of enchantment, Jaime Elliott, St John Tradewinds, p 13

Professional Developments
2017  Cloisonne masterclass, Merry-Lee Rae, Arrowmont School of Craft
2016  Hinges and mechanisms, Pat Flynn, Metalwerx School for Jewelry & Metal Arts
2015  Enameling on a vessel, Harlan Butt, Metalwerx School for Jewelry & Metal Arts
2015  Mark making in enamel, Jessica Calderwood, Monsterrat College of Art
2015  Fusing high karat gold to steel, Chris Nelson, Soft Winds Villa, St John
2011  Vacuum casting, Alan Burton Thompson, New England Craft Program

2019-present Klimt02, member
2018-present Association for Contemporary Jewelry, member
2014-present Society of North American Goldsmiths, member
2015-present Enamel Guild North East, member
2014-present The Enamelist Society, member

Where to Buy

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