A-Listers: Art & Andy Warhol

I was curious. I met Andy Warhol in the 1980’s and learned about his background and design process from his young age. He was always drawing and sketching and in later years became a fashion illustrator. The idea of producing art in the larger scale fascinated him!

What really struck me with Andy’s approach is that I believe Andy did a lot of research. He explored the Asian Arts, Philosophy, and often other places, in terms of composition and themes. In all his work throughout his career, he was obsessed by themes. Visually, themes most probably composed his vocabulary and spoke to him through his artwork.

His art went beyond photography, homosexuality, feminine, religion and American symbols. The elegance of perfection contained in his new ideas reflected the New Era, the strong feminine values resonated deeply within me. Since then, it’s a continual inspiration and admiration seeing art through the eyes of Andy influencing me in working towards my jewelry designs.

I recount the Polaroid with his unequal work origins. His camera inspired my creativity and jewel practice. I recall his precision and what an impact it made on me, when we met in the Factory. I knew of his photography, especially his perfection—it made absolute sense to me immediately. My body and face encased with whitewashed makeup was Andy’s technique first process. This technique I found severe, however the sharpness and details showed through his iconic photography style. Andy entered the studio in jeans, turtleneck, and wig wearing whitewashed foundation as he lifted the camera. My thoughts at that time contained the energies of the past Asian Arts, Kabuki Theater, visually and spiritually reflected in the infamous “Factory.”  Interestingly his work vocabulary and processes relaxed me.

I found Andy’s color palette often went from black to gray defining masculine revealing dark aesthetically. Perhaps his relationship to death, the darker side of life, was beyond photography, and pre-punk.

Jewelry became my art form with spiritual symbols, icons, and soft sculptures. I often represent the feminine with hardware; jewelry is my composition to glamorous fashion.

I have a strong spiritual message I want to convey translated with jewelry. Pop Art with Black Diamonds—recounts the origins, not just cool, but fashionable to the wearer.

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