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Posted May 2nd, 2020  /  Ends July 15th, 2020

Finger This: Contemporary Worry Beads

The practice of using strung beads as an aid for prayer and meditation is nearly universal, found in religious traditions around the world. Within a secular context, strands of worry beads are also employed as a source of relaxation and relief. While such beads display a myriad of materials and forms, they all involve the basic act of fondling and rubbing with fingertips, which boast more nerve receptors than any other body part. Beyond their devotional function, prayer beads and rosaries play a crucial psychophysical role in providing bodily comfort and focus. Several contemporary jewelers and artists have probed the varied facets of prayer and worry beads, creating works that invite us to contemplate what we finger and why. For the exhibition and related publication entitled, "Finger This: Contemporary Worry Beads," curator Suzanne Ramljak seeks newly created or preexisting works that address this ornamental genre's relevance and potency, especially in our present worrisome times.

Curator: Suzanne Ramljak, writer, art historian, former editor Metalsmith and Sculpture magazines.
Images for consideration should be sent to no later than July 15, 2020.

Submitted works will be considered for an exhibition and related programming during NYCJW2020, November 16-22, as well as an article in Metalsmith magazine.