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My studio, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Titustown Visual Arts Center
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My artwork examines and embraces the changing roles of women. Both my paintings and metalwork reveal the conflict I feel about fulfilling traditional feminine roles while seeking my own independence. Sometimes I see my paintings as a celebration of finding magic within the mundane, of being happy with the ordinary. At other times, my work reads to me as a commentary on the roles a female has occupied in recent western history. The reappearing goldfish in my paintings symbolize this duality. A goldfish traditionally represents abundance, happiness, and good fortune; however, it can also be a symbol of entrapment. In domestication it can only grow to the size of its bowl.
In my metalwork and my jewelry, the messages tend to be more hidden than in my paintings. Jewelry is extremely intimate. The intricacies of the backs of brooches, necklaces, and rings are known only to the wearer- a kind of personal secret. My jewelry references my changing ideas about womanhood as I go through my life and encounter milestones that millions of other women also relate to - family, body image, health issues, love, building a career and a life for oneself, and uncertainty about the future. Juggling these responsibilities while also trying to bring beauty into my life and environment inspire me to create my work.
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"Oh, hello. It is so good to hear from you! Are you still making your beautiful work? What are you doing these days? I am about to have a baby any minute...literally! So life is upended but sweet. I am happy to be back in contact. Hoping to be in…"
Oh, hello. It is so good to hear from you! Are you still making your beautiful work? What are you doing these days? I am about to have a baby any minute...literally! So life is upended but sweet. I am happy to be back in contact. Hoping to be in Seattle this spring if all goes well. Sending a big hug.
"I didn't buy any boots... they are not really my style, though I admire them.
There was a bull to sit on - a rather placid creature, it seemed, but I never thought to sit on it. If James had told me that you had done it, I would too, then…"
Thank you for viewing this on-line exhibitionThis exhibition is a showcase for narrative work, with over 234 images it was decided that the exhibition would be in two parts with chapter two being on-line in January 2015I would like to personally thank all the makers who took the time to submit work for this on-line exhibition. Image left: Dauvit AlexanderTitle - "Blood Will Have Blood: A Macbeth Brooch" Image Credit: Photography by Andrew Neilson, Neilson Photography. See More
"Most fabulous. All my work is narrative too. It is an urge that grew in me and has slowly permeated my entire practice. I now don't think I could work in any other way. Really looking forward to Chapter 2."
"I am thrilled to see you had such a great time, Dauvit.
Funny, James took me boot shopping as well when I was down there and I visited the same store you went to. At the time, someone was getting his boots custom fitted, it was sight to be seen. You…"
"Narrative can have a very wide definition. I think my work is narrative in that I try to express some form of communication with my clay sculptures. How can I get my work in the January show?Cheers,
A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.
The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?
We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!