Founder of jewelry imprint LIZWORKS, Liz Swig is focused on building various limited edition works of jewelry with various modern designers in order to thin the border between art and jewelry. Previously the brand has developed partnerships with influential designers such as Wangechi Mutu, Shirin Neshat and Cindy Sherman for the company’s limited edition pieces.
The latest designer to come on board with a project with LIZWORKS is Rashid Johnson, who is a conceptual post-black artist who is currently developing a collection of signet rings, dog tag necklaces, gold & titanium cuffs, ring bands and pendants. Each of the pieces in the collection are sketched with images from the ANXIOUS MEN series from Johnson, wherein Johnson sketched faces scratched into the surface as a means of drawing through erasing. Rashid Johnson is known for his interdisciplinary practice that investigates various themes of art history in addition to individualized and shared cultural identities via various kinds of media works, sculptures, paintings and installations.
The artist had this to say about the collection in a statement: “This work is about anxiety and the negotiation with fear, it’s an interrogation of those things and an awareness of their impact,” said Johnson. “I started making this body of work with cathartic intentions, to push back against the feelings that were at times really handicapping me, to illustrate those feelings and to give myself an action step to consider and unpack why I was feeling that way. My anxiety travels with me. Translating this work into a wearable gives it its own mobility—an antidote to those feelings wherever I am.”
The Rashid Johnson X LIZWORKS jewelry collection is currently available on the LIZWORKS Webstore with retail prices ranging between $4,000 USD and $18,500 USD.
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