Bio & CV
Sasha Nixon is an independent curator, jewelry historian, metalsmith, and Exhibition Design and Installation Assistant for the Museum of Arts and Design. She was awarded the 2017 Society of North American Goldsmith's Emerging Curator's Grant. After receiving her MA from Bard Graduate Center in 2018 she has curated and designed exhibitions, and given lectures at some of New York City’s leading institutions. She will be teaching at the Rhode Island School of Design in the spring and contributes regularly to Metalsmith magazine.
Her focus of study is on the interaction between contemporary art jewelry and ancient jewelry styles and techniques. She was awarded the Center for Craft’s Windgate curatorial internship at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2018, during which time she co curated Fake News and True Love: Fourteen Stories by Robert Baines with Barbara Paris Gifford. A selection of her other curatorial and research projects include the exhibition ANTIQUEMANIA, presented at Pratt Institute Manhattan during the inaugural New York City Jewelry Week in 2018 and her solo-curatial debut at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery A View from the Jeweler's Bench: Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements. She has given lectures and participated on panels at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Bard Graduate Center, and Pratt Institute.
I have been creating jewelry in tandem with studying history of art for over 20 years, the history of jewelry in particular for the last three. My academic background informs my work.
I am currently developing a new series titled "Lightcatchers" which will use techniques with a long tradition within the jewelry cannon, including engraving and enameling, to magnify the reflective and refractive properties of the metal surfaces in order to create the ultimate light catcher. Collecting and reflecting light to draw attention is the essence of traditional jewelry's purpose in society and has been since the invention of the medium. Often innovations have focused on an increase in reflection, for example improvements in stone cutting that have lead to the brilliant cut today. This series evokes this eternal search to draw and focus light and and attention on the wearer.
My series "Line" experiments with what defines jewelry, trying to distill adornment down to its essential elements. I am especially drawn to the clasp. A clasp is often overlooked, but the majority of jewelry would cease to be functional without one. My work examines what happens when you highlight the clasp while dampening everything else.
For more insight into my latest work and the making process visit my ‘Writing, Making, News’ page or check out my Instagram handle @sasha.n.metalsmith!
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Models: Bethany Latham, Kari Shaevitz, Corinne Ines, Stephanie Newkirk, Emma Cormack, Sasha Nixon
Photography: Lisa Walker, Isaiah Newkirk, Emma Cormack, Sasha Nixon