Monique Rancourt Jewelry Studio and Artisan Gallery
I think of jewelry as sculpture for the body. I tap into my love of the traditional adornment of Africa and Eurasia and update the materials with contemporary industrial elements such as rubber, chain, and pigments that add impact without much weight. The feel, sound, and movement of these multipart necklaces, bracelets, and rings allow a flexibility that responds to how they are worn. I want to create dynamic, contemporary forms that feel uniquely powerful and inspiring to the individual wearer. Combining traditional metalsmithing techniques in precious metals with experimental materials, my completed pieces create an alchemy of pattern, texture, and fragments of memory and call to mind the transformation of nature over time. Intricate groups of repeated elements that shift in size create an overall organic composition, while detailed textures reward closer inspection. These repeated forms build up to a larger scale and a more dramatic impact to establish an urban, contemporary edge.