Shelly McMahon

Wooster, OH

Shelly McMahon is a contemporary jeweler working conceptually within the field of craft. Incorporating non-skilled labor as well as non-traditional materials into her practice, she uses research about the neuropsychological effects of the polarization, refraction, and reflection of light from a faceted gemstone in order to devise algorithms for the creation of ornament. Ornament relies heavily on the act of looking, and she is interested in what causes the brain to block out a majority of incoming visual stimulus in favor of a singular one. In this way, her works are investigations into methods of commanding attention through material and perspectival manipulation.