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Instructor: Jaydan Moore
Jaydan Moore’s career began as an undergraduate student at California College of Arts, Oakland, where he earned his BFA in jewelry and metal arts. During his time there, he focused on the production of oil cans and their representation of craft and the Industrial Revolution. While studying at CCA, Jaydan worked as a machinist and bench jeweler for the high-end metal production company, Svartvik Metal Works.
At the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he earned his MFA/MA in jewelry and metal arts, Jaydan began focusing his interest on the heirloom. Using the imagery of found silver-plated tableware, he fragments and reassembles these objects into new forms to challenge and commemorate the individual’s ability to designate value to his/her own valuables and memories. By fabricating a new object from stylistically and historically related wares, he creates a new image that takes all memories of its use into consideration, maintaining some semblance and evidence of their past incarnations.
I have always been interested in heirlooms. I am motivated by how an object has moved through the world, changing in meaning as it is past down, and how deeply it is cherished as its significance grows. When I encounter these historical functional wares in museums, antique shops, and junkyards, I imagine how their previous owners have had an effect on these objects. Removed from their original context, the stories and meanings embedded in these objects are mysterious and unknown. However, the marks left by the hand reveal a small glimpse of their previous value.
While our possessions become more and more mass-produced, our ability to add relevancy and meaning through layering of meaning and use separates each object from the whole. I see this accumulated layering of worth as far more precious than the most valuable of materials.
Outliving its owners, metal withstands its daily use, revealing evidence of wear by the dings, scratches and patination accumulated on its surface. Finally, once a metal object has outlived its usefulness it can be scrapped, melted, and cast, ready to be made into a new object. I believe that within the new object still lives the past; that nothing is lost, only given a new history.
As former bearers of family heritage, found silver-plated tableware are fragmented and reassembled into new forms to challenge and commemorate the individual’s ability to designate value to his/her own valuables and memories. By fabricating a new object out of stylistically and historically related wares, I create a new image that takes all memories of its use into consideration, maintaining some semblance and evidence of their past incarnation.
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