Jill Baker Gower
Medium/Materials: Argentium sterling silver, acrylic mirror, pearls, nylon stocking, stainless steel
Dimensions: 2.75 x 1.875 x 1.5 inches
My jewelry and sculpture is informed by the female experience including everyday interactions and observations of gender-based expectations or generalizations.
The shapes and forms of my pieces come from disparate inspirations including the female form, faceted gems, historic jewelry and metalwork, and tools or implements for beautification or medical procedures. The surfaces of my work are often ornate, etched with lace patterns, and at times are paired with actual crocheted elements. I choose to incorporate skin, red, and pink toned colors in my work primarily to reference human flesh, cosmetics, the body, and blood.
Materials such as skin toned rubber and mirrors reference bodily transformation, examination, and vanity. Other materials are chosen for their aesthetic qualities, emotional resonance, and preciousness. With these materials, formal considerations, and influences I create work that is both playful and beautiful and at times even absurd or humorous.
Jill Baker Gower is originally from the Chicago area and received her BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2003 and her MFA in Metals from Arizona State University in 2006. She currently resides in southern New Jersey where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Rowan University. Jill’s work has been in many juried and curated exhibitions nationwide and has been published in Metalsmith magazine, 500 Enameled Objects, Behind the Brooch, Humor in Craft, and will be included in the forthcoming book CAST. Jill is a former resident artist of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. In 2015 Jill was a recipient of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship.