All pieces in Digital Analogue Tango contain some element of digital design. Some employ 3D scans that have been scaled and sliced on the computer and then 3D printed, in some an original 3D print was cast in a different material, some contain laser cut parts, others have been designed on the computer but were then hand fabricated following CAD templates, others still use optical filters from touchscreens as components. In all, those digital fingerprints are integrated deeply within the piece, interacting with the touch of the hand in a delicate balance. Thus virtual and real making go hand in hand, each informed by the other, their worlds intertwined in a dance of visual ideas along the edge of reality.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Katja Toporski is a jewelry maker, professor and writer living just outside of Washington, D.C. She received her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metals from Towson University in 2013.
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.