The Retouched series of pieces are inspired by ornate mirror frames, tools used for beautification, faceted gems, and the human body. Jill Baker Gower brings attention to our obsession with the pursuit of physical perfection through the use of mirrors that distort or block the viewer’s reflection. Gower is an artist, metalsmith, and educator who resides in New Jersey, where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Rowan University. Originally from the Chicago Area, she received her B.S. in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her M.F.A. in Metals from Arizona State University.
Nikki Couppee explores jewelry’s function in society. Using material such as Plexiglass, brass, resin, and found objects, Couppee investigates the psychological definition of status attached to jewelry, as an object of adornment or its intrinsic value. She received her M.F.A. in Jewelry/Metals from Kent State University in 2011 and a B.F.A. in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Georgia in 2007. Couppee has also taught enameling and jewelry/metal techniques at Kent State University and The Cleveland Institute of Art.