Jennifer E. Moss is a metalsmith and fiber artist who uses various techniques and materials to create adornment for body or space.

Overgrowth
Felted Wool

Installed at Emerson Row
Lake City, SC
2014

Installed in the Lobby at Contemporary Craft
Pittsburgh, PA
2013

The built environment can often seem static and monumental, but it is only through constant maintenance that it is able hold out against the deteriorating effects of nature. Modern images of urban decay have a poignant quality, which like the romantic appreciation of ruins in the 19th century, embodies contemplation of one’s own mortality. Yet there is a positive side to this deterioration as well; it allows for the cycles of renewal and growth that are as much a part of nature as destruction.

The use of fiber, which is an inherently ephemeral material itself, makes this contradiction more poignant. The tactile quality of the material invites touch, yet the subject matter – moss and mold – is more often avoided.

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