Raïssa Bump

Light Hexagon/Oxtagon Links

Materials:  Oxidized sterling silver, silverlined crystal beads

Dimensions: Approximately: 2 x .75 x .5 inches

My work is an investigation of patterns, weave structures, architecture and bits of nature. I allude to these explorations without suggesting a literal reference. Front could be back, top could be bottom, what is visible, what is concealed; many layers are parts to a whole. My process allows for me to add and take way, to see, feel, respond, question and remember.

I get clues from the inherent nature of different materials. Using them within the same piece, employing repetition and shifting of scales to highlight these intrinsic qualities. Surfaces reflect light or absorb it…shadows that distort or accentuate. Various patterns, colors, textures and surface treatments interact; their juxtaposition is key and often surprising. It is a way of organizing thoughts and guiding ones eye throughout a piece. Collage.

What is seen depends on the light, the color the clothing that is being worn, or the mood ones in; there are multiple solutions to the same problem. It is about acknowledging a moment in time. Working with materials in hand, labor, an unfolding of ideas. The act of dressing and adorning. These expressions of nonverbal communication become a record, a reflection. They connect us individually and as a culture with our past and with our future.

About the Artist:

Raïssa Bump studied jewelry at RISD (BFA 2003) and Alchimia in Florence, Italy. She is known for both intricate one-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful edition collections. Raïssa exhibits nationally at galleries such as Sienna, Lulo and Shibumi. She teaches workshops at Penland, Haystack and Arrowmont and founded Reset - a company whose mission is to educate others to be attentive to their bodies’ signals and provide them with practical Self-Tuning techniques (stretches!) Raïssa Bump is on the board of the Art Jewelry Forum and is a certified Forrest Yoga Instructor.

To view more work by this artist, visit her SNAG Maker Page