Kim Nogueira
...
Employing the traditional fabrication techniques of the goldsmith and enamelist in combination with contemporary metalsmithing innovations, I construct complex narratives in glass and metal that speak to the curiosities, challenges and marvels of our time, and of the human condition, most often through a metaphysical lens. The nexus of my work, its narrative component, is built with layers of text and imagery, which pepper small theatre-like frameworks, and draw the viewer into my story. My work quietly questions the status quo and examines how the past influences our present and future.

Incorporating movement and interaction with tiny automata is my way of conjuring the enigma that is childhood wonder, which then draws attention to the marvels of our everyday life and the preciousness of the extraordinary journey that we are all on together.

For about a decade I have collected early to mid-twentieth century vending machine toys and gumball charms, Stanhope peep charms, antique mechanical toys and lilliputian Victorian curiosities. I work directly with these diminutive oddments, making molds of them for use in my work, deconstructing them to make the mechanical figures and details in my wearable automata. I manipulate them to form my own narrative, integrating universal themes in tandem with the questions of my own heart.

Exhibitions

2018 group exhibition; Galerie LA Joaillerie par Mazlo; Paris, France
2018 Aftermath; Bajo el Sol Gallery, St John
2018 Alchemy 4: 16th Juried Biennial International Enamel exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society, National Ornamental Metals Museum TN

2017 Alchemy 4: 16th Juried Biennial International Enamel exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society; Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Ohio Craft Museum, OH
2017 Different Developments; photography in art group exhibition; Bajo el Sol Gallery, St John
2017 Here + Now; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art; Grand Rapids, MI
2017 International Metal Clay Exhibition; Pole Bijou Gallery, Baccarat, France

2016 Florida Society of Goldsmith's Storytelling in Metal national juried exhibition ; Morean Arts Center, Florida
2016 Abandoned Margins: policing the black female body; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2015 Under Fire; Enamel Guild North East international juried online exhibition
2015/16 Alchemy 3: 15th Juried International Enamel exhibition sponsored by the Enamelist Society; Montserrat College of Art, Worcester Center for Craft, NH League of Craftsmen, McGowan Gallery; MA and NH
2015 Tales from the Toolbox curated by Mark Fenn; narrative jewelry crafthaus exhibition

2014 Narrative Jewelry Show, Brumfield’s Gallery, ID
2014 Soulcology in Metals, Guilford Art Center, CT
2014 The Contemporary Jewelry Exchange 2014, international online exhibition and book
2014 Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature, Lillstreet Art Center, IL

2013 Behind the Brooch Part 2, crafthaus exhibition

2012 Innovations in Metal Clay, juried exhibition mounted for the 6th biennial PMC Guild conference

2012 Small Treasures II, crafthaus exhibition

Biography

Kim Nogueira is an automaton maker and award-winning studio jeweler who received her education apprenticing as a production goldsmith for 16 years, and continues to deepen her skill level with intensive workshops taught by renowned masters in the field. Her BA in sociology from Smith College supports the thought-based explorations that undergird her wearable art practice. Kim's work has been in juried and invitational exhibitions nationally and abroad, and has been published in magazines, art calendars and books, and is showcased most recently in Mark Fenn’s large-format compendium Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox. Her home base for the past quarter of a century has been the tiny sub-tropical island of St John, in the US Virgin Islands.

More Images

Image 1
Ocean and Stardust; sterling silver, antique tintype, shell
Image 2
Toy for a New Paradigm: Interbeing
Image 3
Prayerbox for Mother Earth; silver, 24k, brass, stainless steel, vitreous enamel