Joshua Kosker

Be Gentle

Medium/Materials: Soap, sterling silver, stainless steel

Dimensions: 3.25 x 1.25 x .25 inches

Year: 2015

Artist Statement: 

Separated from or existing without the body, soap serves no purpose and is generally discarded once it reaches a certain state of reduction. Transformed through the daily ritual of bathing, these forms convey a tactile, intimate relationship between owner and object. By reconnecting this material to the body as jewelry, I aim to evoke a sensual experience about the simple pleasures of bath time, with intentions of a more private dialogue.

Moving between personal and shared spaces, this body of work is unfixed. It is likely that the soap will continue to change over time through natural wear and environmental factors, again reshaping the visual history and value of these momentary, mutable forms. Activated by and on the body, these everyday artifacts take on a precarious function as jewelry –wavering somewhere between raw and manufactured– the corporeal presence of the material to serve as a reminder of this physiological exchange.

Artist Biography:

Joshua Kosker is an artist and educator based in western Pennsylvania whose practice is rooted in contemporary craft and body adornment. Driven by an underlying interest in the physical, tactile memory of material, Josh uses daily experiences, common materials, and everyday artifacts to create one-off art jewelry and objects. A recipient of the Ethical Metalsmiths Emerging Artist Award in 2014, his work has been widely exhibited in the US and has recently been featured in several notable publications, including American Craft magazine and "Shifting Sites" the 2016 Metalsmith Magazine Juried Exhibition in Print. Josh received his MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Bowling Green State University and earned a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Art. 

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