Jewelry is object of newest Malone Gallery exhibit

Posted: Tuesday, 19 October 2010

TROY—Jewelry and metal crafts are the subject of Troy University’s Malone Art Gallery’s newest show by Barbara Mann entitled “Form and Response.”

Mann will give a lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28 and the show will run until Nov. 18.

Mann has more than 30 years of experience as a metal and jewelry artist. She has an both a masters and bachelors of fine arts from University of Georgia and is a self-employed studio artist, in addition to serving as an instructor for the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

Mann is also a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Society of American Silversmiths.

Mann’s works are included in many collections including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Committee for the Olympic Development of Atlanta, Nations Bank, Coca-Cola and President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center among others.

She said that she tells stories through her work.

“In response to life’s twist and turns I create objects that tell a story, relate a concept or represent a particular condition or circumstance,” Mann said. “The form these objects take is the result of my exploration as I seek an effective way to communicate and distill my perspective.”

Mann said that items such as jewelry can tell a story.

“A red stone—a ruby, perhaps, or a piece of coral—becomes the symbol of a healthy cell or nerve,” she said. “The torn apart appearance of the side of a cup reveals a disruption in the internal structural pattern of support; however, the cup itself, the object, is still strong and functional.”

“Combining forms, signs and symbols like these has helped me condense certain of life’s experiences into objects I can look at and hold,” Mann added, “objects that, in turn, provide continuing connection with the past and also with new horizons.”

Admission to exhibit is free and open to the public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.