Kyzen Pemberton is a jewelry and metalsmithing student at the University of Oregon. She is graduating in June 2022 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrated in jewelry and metalsmithing.
I am a contemporary jewelry artist, working primarily with metal to create wearable objects. I fabricate through very repetitive processes, meticulously accumulating pieces together into a cohesive whole. I enjoy the way that repeated forms of different scales can undulate to create volume, movement or texture. I will often start with a single module, repeating it over and over again before bringing a mass of modules together into a final form. I like to think about the joining of parts in my work, about new ways to connect metal, and I seek to make fluid and curious transitions between components of the piece. I utilize techniques such as forming, weaving wire and piercing patterns to draw with metal as my material. I investigate patterns in the way I accumulate, amass and repeat lines, forms and elements.
My approach to making has shifted from rigid control to creating a space for the spontaneous that occurs during fabrication. I am driven by my curiosity about the material and a desire for a balance between the unexpected and the planned. Sound is sometimes a surprising byproduct of the pieces that I create, produced by modules moving and clanging together to make noise. I explore how playfulness and spontaneity is conveyed in a material that is not inherently supple. Without compromising the level of craft and attention to detail that is integral in my work, I aspire to create looseness within the framework of control.