Artist Statement & Bio
My passion as an artist is to create unique, meaningful work and my desire is to express through my work the deeper motivations for why we make art. I endeavor to reflect both the beauty and the pain that we all experience as humans by bringing to life some of these sentiments through my creations. I believe that art can and does shape the way we think and the way we see ourselves, each other and the world. Much of my work is inspired not only by the human experience, but by philosophy, poetry and the relationship between humans and nature. My hope is to create art that inspires and connects people, whether that be through creating pieces that speak to them on a personal level, or simply making work that makes people feel beautiful and empowered when wearing them.
Why jewelry? Apart from the love I have for working with my hands to create something beautiful, there is something very specific about jewelry and body adornment that ignites my passion for creating. I am always most at peace when I am in my studio. This is the place where my mind finally becomes quiet, where I can put into material form what I don’t know how to express in words. But why jewelry, specifically? I find it curious that we humans have sought to adorn ourselves since the dawn of time; as a way to express and identify ourselves, as totems and talismans, as armor, as beautification. And what is particular about it, to me, is the longevity of it. Metal and stone are resilient, and time may do its best to wear them down, but they are extremely enduring, and they survive. I think it is telling that we humans feel such a connection to these long-lasting materials that we choose to adorn ourselves with. Perhaps it is because we identify with their power to endure. It parallels the human spirit. Life bears down on us, it brings us much we have to survive, and we do. Somehow, we do. Maybe this is why creating these things speaks to me.
I hand fabricate the majority of my pieces, though I also explore creation through the use of technology, using CAD and 3D printing to bring pieces to life, unrestricted by the limitations of handwork. No matter the process I use, I infuse each of my works with intention and the passion with which I create them. Most of my pieces are one-of-a-kind.
Charity Navalesi Poole was born in Southern California and raised in rural Iowa. As a young woman, she was always involved in the visual and performing arts. However her path to a career as an artist would prove to be a winding one. Her love of languages lead her to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Iowa, but she did not feel that she had yet found the career path that expressed her true self. Years later, longing for more creative expression in her life, she enrolled in her first metalsmithing class and immediately fell in love with it. With this newfound passion for metalwork, Charity started making and selling her jewelry, finding along the way that being an artist was the career path she truly wanted to pursue, at which point she returned to school to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at The University of Kansas where she studied metalsmithing/jewelry and photography.
Both her metalwork and photography have been featured in publications and exhibitions, and have earned her numerous awards. She has exhibited at Society of North American Goldsmith’s 20th Anniversary “Exhibition in Motion” runway show in Chicago, Illinois. Her work was selected for Spencer Museum of Art’s Student Exhibition, “HERE” in Lawrence, Kansas for which she was awarded the top prize. She has been awarded substantial merit scholarships for the work she exhibited at the University of Kansas Visual Arts Scholarship Shows and Best in Show and Honorable Mention awards for work exhibited at University of Kansas’ 2019 LibArt Exhibition. Her photographs have been published in the Sink Hollow Literary Journal and Polaris Literary Magazine. Most recently Charity’s work was selected to be exhibited in Society of North American Goldsmith’s 2020 runway exhibition, “Exhibition in Motion: Grit to Gold”.
Charity has been accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence, Italy and will begin her graduate studies in Contemporary Jewelry and Body Adornment in October of 2020.
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton