"I work in metals, mainly in silver and that medium has a history of being precious. I am a student of history in that I hold in reverence what other artists have expressed in vessels made of silver. Process is important and the way the material responds to my actions is important for a viewer. I have taken great pains to reveal how my objects come about. For example, in raising a silver vessel, I ﬁnd it important to leave marks from the hammer on the surface of ﬁnished pieces. I use found objects such as actual leaf forms so that the piece is accessible to most viewers. Through the process of ﬁnishing the work, I use various chemicals, pigmented waxes, color from heating, application of other metals in and on surfaces, natural oxidation, and light."
"I strive to create forms that are full of life and communicate a sense of wholeness. The universal elements of earth, air, fire and water, and shapes from nature are the sources of inspiration for the forms I make and the decorations I use. I incorporate patterns found in nature in a rhythmic manner in the decoration process; a straight line or curve of a horizon, the positive and negative spaces created by a tree in winter, the intersection of water and the beach, or the repeating patterns found on a leaf or bird feather, the patterns of clouds in the sky or a collection of water worn stones from a stream."
"My artist’s books and boxes broadly address the relationship between information, communication and containers. I was born with a passion for little books and little boxes. As a child, I collected and honored minutiae, but denied the obsession once I got to art school, where I was encouraged to make big things. Afterwards, I slowly came to accept that my most successful work was small, and that little things can matter very much. Little things are easily controlled, organized, and arranged, and working small is a way for me to create an intimate, orderly universe, full of secrets that may or may not be revealed."
Jody Williams is a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.