Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro is an Assistant Professor of Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry at University of Wisconsin-Stout (Menomonie, WI) and received his MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. His work has been shown in various national and international exhibitions, including venues such as Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco CA USA), M Contemporary (Sydney AU), Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen NL), (AV17) Gallery (Vilnius LT), and the Indiana University Art Museum (Bloomington IN USA). Recently he has been selected for an ALLIAGES Legacy Award and has been a recipient of the Society of North American Goldsmiths Educational Endowment Scholarship.
Indiana University School of Fine Arts CAD/CAM
My current work is an attempt in appropriating the function and tactile properties of the brush, while re-proposing this function within the format of jewelry.
I compare the ubiquitous experience of brushing with the intimacy inherent in jewelry which touches the wearer and in turn, asks to be touched through its haptic quality. I am inspired by the manufacturing processes involved in brush-making, and in looking to historic and contemporary approaches to fabrication for both the brush and jewelry, these works seek to seamlessly blend digital and traditional craft processes. By adopting these physiological and metaphoric associations, I hope to present a dialogue emphasizing the primacy of touch in experiencing jewelry.