Shirley Wagner

"In the same studio where I build sculptures, I now construct contemporary jewelry. I have altered the scale of this work so it relates to the human body."

In her jewelry, Shirley Wagner continues a lifelong interest in texture and relief. She brings parts and pieces together to build form. To do this, she relies on the inherent character and subtle nuances of the found object.

Found materials such as repurposed wood and recycled metal have always been the mainstay of Shirley Wagner's work. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary jewelry, she has introduced unusual and unexpected materials to this mix. She relies on layering of materials to build form. She then forges a handmade bail of stainless steel or brass and engraves her signature on the back.

Shirley Wagner graduated with a fine art degree from Youngstown University in Ohio. Her work has been widely shown in Arizona, including at the Mesa Museum of Art and Tucson Museum of Art. She has also been nominated for the Governor's Art Award, recognizing her contributions to the arts in Arizona.

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Art Necklace 113 by Shirley Wagner (Mixed-Media Necklace)
Art Necklace 113
Mixed-Media Necklace

by Shirley Wagner
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Art Necklace 505
Mixed-Media Necklace

by Shirley Wagner
$ 250
Art Necklace 226
Mixed-Media Necklace

by Shirley Wagner
$ 360
Art Necklace 526
Mixed-Media Necklace

by Shirley Wagner
$ 280
Art Necklace 221
Mixed-Media Necklace

by Shirley Wagner
$ 420
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
38th Annual Contemporary Craft, Mesa, Arizona USA, Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art, 2017
Wearable Expressions, Los Angeles, California USA, Palo Verdes Art Center, 2017
Sustainable Beauty, Tucson, AZ USA, University of Az School Architecture, 2017