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In my work I strive to keep metal-smithing traditions and techniques of the past alive while also pushing the boundaries of the trade. I draw most inspiration from my surroundings in Detroit. The landscape offers me many opportunities to explore location, scale, and texture through my steel works. I am also highly influenced by the characteristics of artist Albet Paley and Tom Joyce. Their example as makers of ornamental, utilitarian, and expressive objects has set a high precedent that I strive to achieve.
In my most current works I am using the process of inflating steel forms using compressed air. This method has allowed me to explore the expansive qualities of steel. This in depth study has sparked my interest in site-specific installations. Inflating steel forms into existing permanent structures I am hoping to create dialog between the original environments and the object I am imposing into it. Although occasionally hidden or obscure my inflations, for the truly observant, are recognized as integral and dynamic to the overall site. The installation process allows me to redefine and contribute to each site; similar to a graffiti artist, my installation seeks to introduce a meaningful contrast or juxtaposition between art and landscape. Constructing the on site inflations I am challenging the expectations of gallery, public art, and creative process.
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NCECA 2013 Emerging Artist Linda Swanson makes us think about ceramic materials in a new and dynamic way. Her installation, site specific, fired and unfired work all has an emphasis on time, material and transformation. Linda generously shared her time and thoughts with me about her current studio practice and the path that has led her there. I hope you enjoy this interview with Linda Swanson. You can see more of her work at: …See More
"I have started in on a new idea that I'm pretty excited about. However, I've been preoccupied with job application deadlines and a kids summer camp I'm helping with. I hope to have several new pieces incorporating steel by the end of…"
H U N G E RWith diet as a way of life for many in our culture, we’ve been taught that one should Eat to Live. We've forgotten that from the 18th through the early 20th century, being fat was a sign of health, prosperity, and an attraction at a time when food was scarce and many went hungry. Hunger, in all its…See More
"From Autumn 2013 the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s offer for post graduates is changing. Our exciting, new Setting Out programme isn’t a taught programme. We’re helping you the move from college to career by offering brand new…"
'Dowry Belt' by Jessica ToddBUCKLE UP: BELT BUCKLES BEYOND FUNCTION The belt buckle has long been a functional object. It has only been since the early 20th century that it has truly become a fashion statement. This exhibition will feature a collection of contemporary, hand crafted belt buckles that really examine what this…See More
- by Rebecca Rose. 2013, SNAG/crafthaus Scholarship Recipient
For the next 13 months we'll discuss the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of exhibiting in art shows as emerging artists and established artists. Exhibition coverage will be balanced with tips on how to strategically build a legacy over a length of time, in a way that makes sense to your individual goals as an artist and maker.
Join us each month! There will be surprises around every corner, with photos, videos, SNAG conference coverage, and occasional interviews by rising artists!