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Jewelry's place in our lives is profound. It is tangible, wearable communication. It lives with us in a way that is more intimate than most other art forms. Jewelry is worn on the body and becomes a marker of how we wish to be perceived by the world.  In this way, it is deeply personal.  Jewelry is the armor we live in.

Through my work, I investigate the relationship between what we express and what we wish to keep hidden.  I am interested in the dichotomies within our own psyches and the multiple senses of self.  I experiment with the tension between how we want to be perceived and how we see ourselves.  By literally placing what we wish to hide on the outside of the body, the function of jewelry is subverted and the difference is laid bare.  I continue to explore the tenuous balance between our dueling natures through narratives, materiality, and form.

Malissa Kuznicki is an artist living in North Dakota.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and  a Master’s degree in fine art at the Bowling Green State University.  She had the honor of being a finalist in the 2016 Saul Bell Design Awards and her work has been published in several magazines, including Metalsmith, Glass Line and Lapidary Journal.  Malissa works in a variety of media including digital arts, glass, 3-D printing, and traditional metalsmithing.  She currently teaches the Jewelry and Metalsmithing courses at the University of North Dakota.

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