To say that Purevile is a jewellery maker is a gross underestimation. He is a purveyor of handmade goods that are meticulously pieced together from his magpie’s nest collection of curiosities. He is ultimately a curator and creator. Even his living space is a museum of the macabre. He’s not kidding when he says: ‘The revolution will be accessorized’.
I first saw the work of artist Melissa Webb at an exhibit at the H&H Building in Baltimore. She had converted the sub-roof space of the building into a colorful, vaguely frightening installation of rope ladders, spikes, and colorful flags draped everwhere to make the place look like Swiss Family Robinson’s treehouse if it had been built by post-apocalyptic anarchist pirates.