Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
This bracelet is the result of a game that groups of artists play with each other. In this particular version, a group of artists are all given the exact same selection of materials and challenged to make something from them. Usually selection of materials are as odd and irritatingly disparate as the game's progenitors can make them. Just to make things a bit more interesting, participating artists must use a proscribed number of the provided materials in the finished piece. But wait, there's more. Each artist must also contribute a "wild card" material to the mix.The resulting pieces were assembled into an exhibition by the Metal Arts Society of Southern California.
Following is a brief excerpt from the exhibition catalog describing the process of creating the bracelet:
Our first inspiration when opening the can of official MASSC Challenge materials was bewilderment followed by a string of unprintable words. Then the silver mesh bit us. Followed by more unprintable words.
The next two weeks became a game of “hot potato”, where each of us would stealthily place The Can on the other’s bench the moment a back was turned.
This resulted in getting bit by the mesh six more times before we wreaked vengence on it with a hammer.
We tried bending the metals for a week and then turned to bending the rules before our extravegences were shot down by more sober opinions on the MASSC board. We hate you. We decided to run away and join the circus instead of participating in this poopy challenge.
Victimized once again by our ADD, we became distracted with an old necklace we had made as we were packing for the circus. “Hey, what would happen if we turned this sideways!?”, we squeeled as we rushed back into the studio to try it with some parts from The Can. And sure enough – like Dracula rising from the crypt, the mesh bit us again.
No matter. We were on a Roll. The design fell right together and we milked the materials for all they were worth. The silver sheet was rolled out to 34 gauge and repoussed. Every bit of scrap copper was melted and forged into additional sheet and wire. The pearls and escutcheon pins told us where they wanted to go.
The best part is, the next time we decide to run off and join the circus we can accessorize appropriately.
P.S. The mesh is safely ensconced in The Can, which is buried in our back yard. We never want to see it again.