Hello Danielle - it's wonderful to see such beautifully complex work appear to be simple and quiet...just lovely pieces. There are so many of us working with similar ideas - the collective unconscious at work?
Hey, thanks! I like your work too -- I had seen the cactus-like brooch before and I love the other pieces you have pictures of. Very biologically provocative and mysterious! And I thought your statement was intriguing and well-written; sounds like our interests overlap a lot. I've been noticing that there are a lot of metalsmiths who work with these kinds of issues.... Maybe we should form an interest group -- "Artists Who Dig Biology!"
I look forward to seeing what you make in the future!
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university of arizona, my studio
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Metalwork and ornament have a longstanding relationship with the natural world. My work is linked to this tradition, using the visual language of nature to present the viewer with an alternate perspective of the world we inhabit. Protection, self-preservation, vulnerability, openness, reproduction, sexuality, growth, aggression, conflict, illness, decay, life and death cycles are themes I visually engage and reference. Rather than simply representing the natural world, I prefer exaggerated, artificial forms that speak of an engineered biology. My intention is to resist that which is commonly considered universal or essential, and open a dialogue about what is assumed to be “natural”.
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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!
Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.
Rachel and Brigittewill be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.
The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.
December 5, 2014 at 10am to December 7, 2014 at 5pm
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