“When I was younger, I would see shea butter being sold on the street, and I was interested in how people were still coating themselves in the theater of Africanism,” said Rashid Johnson, an African-American Conceptual artist often hailed as a standard bearer for post-black art.
Together with jeweler Liz Swig from Lizworks, artist Rashid Johnson on a fine jewellery collection featuring artworks from his Anxious Men series translated into gold and titanium cuffs, rings, dog tag necklaces and pendants in gold and titanium with rubies and diamonds. Swig described the ANXIOUS MEN COLLECTION as “gender-fluid” and intended to be worn by men, women, everybody.
“I’ve known Rashid for years – he’s exceptional on all levels, I’m fascinated with the idea of taking an artist’s body of work and bringing it into another medium, jewellery art. The scale and enormity of Rashid’s work made it super compelling,” said Liz Swig, the founder of Lizworks.
“To me, the distinction between jewelry and art is immaterial. As long as the pieces provoke and delight, I know I am doing something right,” added Swig to Wallpaper*. Swig and Johnson had began developing ideas back in December 2019.
For more information about Rashid Johnson and Lizworks:
Source: Rashid Johnson unveils gender-fluid jewellery collection — Biography of Rashid Johnson — Anxious Men Gold and Titanium collection — “These Are Challenging Times”: Rashid Johnson’s New Work Is a Powerful Response to Modern Anxieties.