The Jewelry Generator is an extension of the Ultra-Memento Series, where I explored the function of the souvenir – how it feeds our impulse to capture and recall the past, while simultaneously altering it. Ultra-Memento was highly personal, as I recorded moments lived by myself and my family. The Jewelry Generator allows the viewer to be an active participant in Ultra-Memento. It gives them the opportunity to create their own memory souvenir, with the understanding that everytime one recalls a memory, it is altered just a little bit. As a recollection tool, it is born from the desire to freeze moments in time, but works to alter those moments due to personal, social, and political lived experiences. Link to Ultra-Memento Series: https://www.leslieshershow.com/#/ultramemento/
Originally from midcoast Maine, Leslie Shershow has lived all over the country pursuing her passion as an artist, jeweler, teacher, and student. She received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her MFA from San Diego State University. Leslie has held teaching positions at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, San Diego State University, and most recently at New Mexico State University. Some of her awards include the New York City Jewelry Week One for the Future award, a SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship, and inclusion in the Haystack Open Studio Residency (2019). Most recently, her work was selected for the 2021 Schmuck Exhibition in Munich, Germany. Leslie has exhibited her work nationally and internationally; participating in exhibitions at Galerie Marzee, Sienna Gallery, Gallery Loupe, Alliages, and during the Society of North American Goldsmiths’ conference. She is currently based in San Diego, California.