In Dialog with MJ Tyson

The 2022 Younger Artist Award gives a prize of US$7,500 for the winner and US$1,000 for every of the 4 finalists, in addition to an exhibition at Schmuck in March 2022. Previous recipients of the award say it took their careers to the following stage! In case you’re a jewellery artist age 35 and below, you must apply for this biennial competitors. Don’t put it off—the deadline is that this Sunday, January 9, 2022! Pointers might be discovered right here. Apply right here.

The three distinguished jurors are collector and gallerist Karen Rotenberg (learn our interview with Rotenberg right here), curator Chequita Nahar (learn her interview right here), and 2020 Younger Artist Award winner MJ Tyson. 

MJ Tyson within the studio, 2020, picture: Reba Kittredge Tyson

Tyson lives in New Jersey, US. She makes jewellery, sculpture, and objects from reconstituted and melted metallic. Tyson acquired her BFA from the Jewellery + Metalsmithing Division at Rhode Island College of Design in 2008, and returned to earn her MFA in 2017. Her work is centered on the connection between individuals and their possessions.

MJ Tyson, Inheritance: Kellen, 2021, reconstituted jewellery, velvet, board, 400 x 203 x 38 mm, picture: artist

Carrie Yodanis: All through 2020, you and your work acquired a lot consideration and reward. Congratulations! What was that have like, and the way did it impression your work?

MJ Tyson: Thanks. It’s difficult to isolate anyone aspect of 2020, so excuse my ramble. I skilled a brand new stage of recognition for my work on the identical time that every thing in my private and our collective lives started altering. I attempted to take a lesson from my very own course of about preserving a unfastened grip on the way in which issues was once.

I actually do consider in utilizing the previous as gasoline for the long run, somewhat than preserving it. In 2020 all of us noticed how outdated programs have to be destroyed with the intention to construct a brand new world. Over the previous two years my household skilled the passing of many matriarchs and the beginning of a brand new era. You actually can’t have one with out the opposite, are you able to? By means of these experiences I considered how custom, deference, and inherited patterns can tie us up. Letting go is a vital step in creating our personal current.

I’m grateful for the brand new alternatives that got here in 2020, starting with the AJF Younger Artist Award. Like all artists, what I need most is to share my work. Talking with Yvonne Montoya for AJF Reside was an actual spotlight, as was my exhibition Inheritance, at Sienna Patti. Many alternatives have been postponed, together with Schmuck 2021, so there’s nonetheless a variety of this wave to look ahead to. I’m hoping the following few years can be a time of reconnection.

MJ Tyson, work in progress, 2020, picture: artist

With success typically comes a duty to assist others get their careers off the bottom. How do you see your position as a mentor to new jewelers—together with now, as a juror for AJF’s 2022 Younger Artist Award?

MJ Tyson: I’ve been wanting ahead to being a juror for the previous two years! I can’t wait to see the submissions and focus on work with the opposite jurors. It’s an amazing honor to assist choose the following group of finalists.

Many individuals have helped me alongside my very own path. I respect when individuals have made introductions, provided encouragement, and engaged in dialog about my work. I attempt to do these identical issues for my college students and friends. I don’t know if that’s mentorship precisely. I consider it extra as being an lively participant locally.

MJ Tyson, Inheritance: Elana, 2021, reconstituted jewellery, velvet, board, 419 x 419 x 32 mm, picture: artist

We frequently consider jewellery as being worn. However in your work, you pay a variety of consideration to the attractive bins that maintain your items when they don’t seem to be being worn. Do you put on your individual work? Why or why not?

MJ Tyson: I don’t put on most of my very own work. I do put on a hoop that’s constituted of gold given by my household and buddies. Its contents embody somebody’s gold tooth, a allure from my finest pal, and bits from every of my grandparents. These issues are unrecognizable now, however I do know they’re in there. Apart from that, I don’t put on a lot. I do love jewellery, personal jewellery, and treasure what I’ve. The way in which I make jewellery now displays how I expertise it.

A lot jewellery spends its life tucked away for safekeeping. It carries tales and significance even whether it is hardly ever worn. I observed that a few of these unworn and treasured objects dwell in particular bins. I make bins like this to finish the work in my Inheritance collection, indicating that they’re objects meant to be stored.

In an interview final 12 months, you requested a query that I really like. You stated, “What do we expect we’re doing, accumulating like we’ll by no means die, when in actuality most of our possessions will outlive us?” What do you suppose we’re doing?

MJ Tyson: I feel we’re making an attempt to increase ourselves. We’re constructing a type of nest of fabric round our lives. The stuff lives with us, we dwell with it. It builds us up and reminds us of who we’re. We don’t fear about what is going to occur to it subsequent as a result of we’re making an attempt to not die.

I’m an amazing fan of stuff and I don’t need to dwell in an austere world, however I do suppose there’s a level the place our conduct signifies a break with actuality. How we really feel about our possessions displays the way in which that we really feel about ourselves, in my view. Anti-aging, embalming, consumerism, and nostalgia are all signs of the identical dysfunction. I’ve all 4 of those tendencies—every is about striving for immortality—on my thoughts whereas I work. I do my finest to maneuver in opposition to them. Working in response to one thing all the time incorporates somewhat little bit of that factor, so preservation, entombing, commerce, and sentimentality are all current alongside decay, destruction, consolidation, and launch.

MJ Tyson, Inheritance: Elana (element), 2021, reconstituted jewellery, velvet, board, 419 x 419 x 32 mm, picture: artist

Your work is targeted on the importance of objects in individuals’s lives, even after they’ve died. Of your entire items, have you ever made the one you consider will finest characterize you and your work upon getting handed away, or do you suppose that one has but to be made?

MJ Tyson: I’d prefer to be identified for my course of. I hope that every thing I make is recast into one thing new, whether or not by me or by another person.

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