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The human body is the context and content of my jewellery. I am intrigued by how we represent what we cannot see within ourselves through new scientific imagery and visual data. These representations of the invisible body reflect our humanity in an era of remarkable medical and biological advancement.

The continuous quest for knowledge in the natural sciences has revealed forms that are now known to be part of our natural world: cell structures, biomolecules, viruses and bacteria, to name a few. Through traditional and digital technologies I use familiar jewellery materials to render unfamiliar forms. From the fields of biology, pathology and genetics, these hybrid forms are manipulated to create a contemporary language of ornament. In wearing my jewellery, the invisible body becomes visible adornment.

Paul McClure received his training from NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada (BFA, 1989); Escola Massana, Barcelona, Spain; and National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland (MA, 1999). He has been a studio jeweller for over twenty years and exhibits internationally. His work is represented in many publications as well as private and public collections including The Barcelona Museum of Decorative Arts, Spain; Fonds Permanent du Bijoux Contemporain, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France; The National Museum of Scotland; and The Canadian Museum of Civilization.

In addition to his studio practice, McClure is an educator, curator and community arts organizer. Since 2000 he has been professor in Jewellery Studies at George Brown College in Toronto.

Where to Buy

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