|Joan Z. Horn at her jeweler's bench|
Artists are keen observers. It’s an undisputed fact they observe more closely than most of us do. They see ordinary objects as if through a microscope. They see detail in mundane items that make them extraordinary and worthy of attention. The result is reflected in their art. Joan Z Horn is such an artist. In speaking about her childhood, Joan says, "As an artist, I grew up influenced by the wonderful industrial design found in the objects of daily life. The beautiful lines, curves and shapes of kitchen appliances, sleek in chrome, stood proud on the counter. Our family waited for turns with the perfectly shaped heavy black telephone, with its coiled snake of a cord. Valued objects from our recent past so quickly disappear, and then exist only in their new incarnation as icons." In her collection of pieces for our anniversary one person show, Joan Horn reflects upon objects from everyday life, both past and present.Joan has captured the essence of some of these objects and brought them to us in a sort of cartoon. Joan says,” In this series of one of a kind pieces I explore the line, or cartoon of items from daily life."
We’ve known Joan Horn and carried her jewelry for 28 of the 29 years Smith Galleries has existed.
We’ve seen the influences of her travels on
her jewelry. We’ve witnessed how her observation of architecture has influenced
her; and in recent years how her growing love for gardening (pun intended) has
shown itself in a series she titled “Birds and Bees”. We have been fortunate to
be guests in her home and have seen her at work in her studio. Not only is Joan
a talented designer, she is an expert artisan, especially with a welding torch!
It’s a delight to hear her talk about inspecting tools of craftsmen who have done work in her home and
how a trip to the hardware store can turn into a mental exercise of how
unrelated tools can be used to create her silver and gold jewelry.
|Necklace from "Birds & Bees" - 2012|