John Y. Wind

John Y. Wind

    Contact Information

    Phone: 215-668-0714


    825 Bainbridge Street Philadelphia PA

    Sculpture & 3D

    Artist's Statement


    The Women is a collaborative portrait project with the women in my life—family, friends and colleagues. It is a series of some two dozen life-size assemblages & vignettes that reveal the complexity of private and public identity as represented through our material possessions. In November/December 2019 InLiquid Gallery, Philadelphia is presenting an exhibition of these works. The Women will gather, displayed together as if at a party—a cacophonous celebration that reflects my specific circle as it invites guests to also examine their own identities.

    The works vary widely in their approach. Each begins with a series of private conversations, where I learn more about the subject and we brainstorm visual representations of the different aspects of their lives. The final materials are a combination of pieces that they contribute to the work, and others that I purchase or construct to help achieve the vision.

    Some portraits are encyclopedic—with objects and music representing as many aspects of the subjects' lives as possible, stacked and assembled and played en masse. The resulting pieces are exuberant and maximal, with the viewer putting together clues and building an impression as if assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

    Others focus more narrowly, telling a specific story that stands in for the whole—a more minimal approach to storytelling, more poem, less novel. The contrast provides formal variety, offers additional hints to personalities, and reflects the evolution of the project over its six year journey.

    The exhibition will also include a Charm Bar—an extension of my work as a jewelry designer, and an affordable opportunity for visitors to create a portrait of themselves through their choices and combinations of eclectic and symbolic charms.

    Selected Exhibitions

    The Women, InLiquid @ Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

    Lit, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Chestnut Hill, PA

    JOG10, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    America, InLiquid @ Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

    URBN, Urban Outfitters @ Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA

    Trophies and Souvenirs, Camden Art Centre, London, England

    Latina's Legacy, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA

    ARTnude, James Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Select Fair, New York, NY

    Select Fair, Miami, FL

    Member Exhibition: InLiquid, PPAC, Second State, at Ice Box Project Space and Grey Area, Crane Arts Building, Philadelphia, PA

    The Making of a Modern Man, James Oliver Gallery in partnership with InLiquid, Philadelphia, PA

    Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    I Shop, Therefore I am, Artfronts Project, Philadelphia, PA


    Slade School of Fine Art, London, England


    1983 - 1985
    Thouron Award for two years study in the UK


    Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London
    Musee Arts Des Arts Decoratifs, Paris


    Becker, Vivienne, Fabulous Fakes: The History of Fantasy and Fashion Jewellery, Grafton Books, London

    Fitch, Janet, The Art and Craft of Jewelry, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA


    Slade School of Art, London

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    BA, English