Creativity 2020 - Art from Community

Jen Tiger Gallery

Jen Tiger, artist
By Order of the Governor of the State of New Mexico, 2020

Curious about the adaptation of jewelry that is specifically worn by Osage women in the past and present, my creative practice draws upon Osage worldviews and history. I reinforce the connection to my history through jewelry. I explore Osage concepts of duality and symbolism translating some of these ideas into my work.

The materials I use are sterling silver, copper, enamel, bison horn and hair, fabricating each piece by hand. At times I will sketch out abstract symbols to create a piece, other times my process is more intuitive, letting my ancestors guide me.

This collage of brooches represents work made in the Spring semester 2020, the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, through the Fall 2020 semester. Some pieces are incomplete due to the ongoing campus closure of its studios, other pieces are made from repurposed materials I had on hand while we were issued “stay-at-home” orders by the Governor of New Mexico.

819 Grandview Ave. Pawhuska, OK 74056 (918) 287-5441