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.
I have been on a journey of unlearning for several years now. This trek has taken me inward, on a search for the ancient language that connects me to the wind, the ocean, a tortoise and birds, the stars, humanity. This strange interior pilgrimage included the shedding of layers of learned fear, replaced by the embrace of inter-being, the extraordinary interconnectedness of all things in this universe of marvels and oddities, astonishments and magnificence.
I weave this ethos through my jewelry art using a magpie approach, composing antique imagery, text and figural toys, which pepper small theatre-like frameworks. My layered narratives in glass and metal extend a helping hand, an invitation to see the world with curious eyes, the eyes of a child. You are often invited to turn a tiny crank handle which activates movement in the work, to become a magician for a moment, an alchemist in reverie, a shaman dreaming the world.
It is a very sacred game we are playing here on earth. Each of my pieces can function as a touchstone, a cairn, a talisman, for soul retrieval, for awakening, for the journey back to remembering. I think of each as a miniature navigational atlas to the world behind this world, the unseen, the unheard, the unknown.