floating balloon sculptures by Janice Lee Kelly
No, Olaf Skoogfors is not the punch line to your uncle’s Sven and Ole joke. He’s a jeweler whose work will be on display at the MMAA’s upcoming show, “OBJECTS: MMAA,” opening on February 9th.
Skoogfors was born in Sweden, and moved to the United States where he became an artist and educator in Philadelphia. His jewelry, like the MMAA’s collection piece, “Untitled (pin),” from 1966, was inspired by natural imagery and texture.
Time is weak.
This body of work is an exploration of the extent of cultural appropriation and encourages a discussion about it. I give the appropriator and the appropriated the opportunity to defend themselves and create a dialogue between them, while maintaining a neutral stance myself. I am not attacking those who appropriate, merely educating and creating awareness. Neutrality is key in this series, as i remove myself from my political and social status and opinions, stripping the problem to the most basic issue; taking an item that means a great deal to somebody and corrupting it.