InLiquid’s Everyone is a Collector campaign, made possible by PNC Arts Alive, emphasizes our belief that everyone ⎯ no matter their location, career, style or background ⎯ can and should be a collector. We’ve asked you to tell us about your collections, art or otherwise, and we will be sharing these submissions on our blog!
Today, we get to sneak into the InLiquid team’s collections. Our Program Director, Clare Finin, enjoys collecting antiques, contemporary art, but mostly jewelry!
Tell us everything about this collection! What attracted you to this? What do you like most about it? Which one is your favorite?
As an artist, researcher, and curator, Art Jewelry’s defining elusiveness excites me, and while the definition is hotly debated, I can at least give you the definition of what Art Jewelry means to me. Art Jewelry is unique, thoughtful, and beautifully crafted by individuals. Art Jewelry uses the body as a vehicle to move around spaces, locations, and be seen in a variety of situations. Art Jewelry is a way to express yourself to all those you pass on the street, stop to converse with, and interact with you. Art Jewelry is totemic; the pieces that people choose often reflects a deep core part of an individual, or larger group to which they belong. But, most of all, Art Jewelry is meant to be worn and loved, bear witness to and become imbued with personal memories. Art Jewelry is something to be treasured for a lifetime.
When did you start your collection?
Arguably, when I was 6-years-old. That year I was given sterling silver hand made children’s bracelets a family friend brought back from India, and I took my first Jewelry class at the University City Arts League in West Philadelphia. My first “major” piece was an Arthur Hash laser cut (to mimic bricks) enameled brooch bought in 2010.
What else do you enjoy collecting?
Antiques and contemporary art. My most recent (non-jewelry) acquisitions were “Study for Blue, Green, Yellow” by Jacque Liu, and before that, a limited edition scarf made by Louise Bourgeois titled “She Lost It”. Both Liu’s and Bourgeois’ pieces share a soft, pastel, ethereal pallet, and though purchased only a year apart have very different aesthetic qualities and conceptual content.
What inspires you most about having your collection in your home?
As seen in the reflection in the mirror, I hang my jewelry the same way that I hang my paintings; to me, there is no difference. Every morning when I wake up, and every evening I go to sleep I look at all the beautiful work and am reminded of places, people, and times that they were collected.
What do you enjoy most about collecting?
I am drawn to things that strike me in the time and place I am in my life and that make something inside me click; I understand this thing, here and now. The voices of the artist or makers speak to me. I see the traces of the movement of their hands. My eyes fill with joy and appreciation for beauty.Share your Collection!