on sabbatical academic year 2023–24
Timothy Veske-McMahon is an American conceptual jewelry artist and educator based in Providence. His time is divided between the US and Estonia, the persistent parallax having a fundamental influence on work and practice. Veske-McMahon’s studio practice is divergent, with repurposed materials minted through the repetition of the workbench, in contrast with virtual design and objects that blink into existence. His work focuses on basic needs—communication, relation, transaction, home—to create phenomena that express the delicate balance between public and personal identities. These interests overlie and respond to semiotics, psychology, popular (sub)culture, queerness/passing, social mechanisms/machines, recognition/atonement and the widespread redefinition of hyper-real phenomena of daily life on the digital frontier.
Veske-McMahon received his BFA from Pratt Institute (2004) and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2013). His practice extends beyond the studio through endeavors to critically engage the changing field of contemporary jewelry as educator, critic and writer. His work is internationally exhibited and included in various publications, as well as in public and private collections.