Jessica chooses the language of jewelry to explore her interest in material culture. This format allows the wearer to reflect on the personal relationships with the objects and detritus of our world.  She pairs rusted metal and found debris seamlessly with polished prongs and precious metals as a platform for investigating the cyclical nature of material possessions.  Her home base is in Madison, WI. 

Artist Statement: Waste has the ability to convey memory, emotion, and history. It is the silent witness to our lives. Trash emits feelings of abandonment, disrepair, and disarray. In my current work, I feel the need to rectify trash’s neglected condition. I recognize that waste devoid of function and intrinsic material value can still be appreciated as artifacts of our material culture.

Rust 2015  found object, brass

Rust 2015  found object, brass

Exploring the aesthetics and the evocative nature of waste, I create jewelry pieces using found objects that illustrate and exemplify the appeal of discarded, everyday trash. By presenting refuse in the intimate and personal format of jewelry, I ask the viewer to reflect upon their relationships to objects and things. My hope is that through these pieces I am able to bring attention to the disregarded remnants of life encountered in everyday urban living.



Jessica Andersen currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She completed her M.F.A. in Jewelry and Metalwork at San Diego State University in 2014.  She received a B.F.A. in Jewelry & Metal Arts from the University of Iowa in 2009.  Jessica was raised in a small farming community in Iowa.