I was awarded a solo exhibition at the Sheetz Gallery of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at Penn State, Altoona. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will run January 15 - March 15. A reception will be held 3-5 p.m. January 15 in the Titelman Study of the Center. The pieces in the exhibition utilize disparate forms of metalworking in order to create metaphors for intra- and inter-personal relationships. The exhibition consists of a mixture of small sculptural pedestal pieces, wearable objects and framed drawings executed in vitreous enamels. These pieces address a variety of relationships including those of the contemporary constructed body to industry, the alchemy of interpersonal relationships and those of the individual to one’s core beliefs. They represent a collection of metaphors in metal.

Views: 67

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Ana M. Lopez on February 22, 2015 at 9:15pm

Here is the longer version of the artist's statement Stacy Haviland. Perhaps it will shed some light.

The Sculptural Work

I am attracted to the idea of metal as skin and the relationship of the physicality of the piece to the corporeality of the maker.  If our physical selves influence the objects we produce, what sort of objects does an altered body create; a body that takes prescription drugs, wears glasses, interacts with others through machines?  Metalsmithing has a history in both Art Craft and Industrial Craft, the second being frequently overlooked.  I incorporate objects from industry, both to contrast with the more sensual forms, and to create new hybrids: a physical fiction.  Their success lies in a familiarity that is still unnamable.  In the space where two disparate things meet, a third meaning is created.  

The Wearable Objects

These present the next logical evolution of the sculptural forms.  The biomorphic forms with which hardware had been interacting are removed.  Instead, industry is brought into contact with the first or second skin of a human wearer.  The surrogate animal and plant references are eliminated in favor of a more direct connection with a living organism.  This integration with humanity provides an amusing illustration from without of what is happening within the constructed contemporary body. Beginning with vents and funnels these grew to include plumb bob forms - used to find the “true” lines within our inner compasses.

The Enamel Drawings

These enameled wall pieces are laregly executed with reference to John French’s famous alchemical treatise on distillation. The sgrafitto (scratched through) element is a direct copy of an illustration from that work, while the overglaze enameled additions subvert the original meaning of the illustrations by editorializing in their contributions. 

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"new position available at the Goldsmiths’ Centre http://www.goldsmiths-centre.org/about-us/job-opportunities/   Technician/Demonstrator, Professional Training Team   Clerkenwell, London £24,000 - £26,000 per…"
23 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Revere News - Huge Closing Sale! January 26-28, Friday - Sunday12 noon to 6 pm The Academy has ceased operation and we have thousands of items for sale. Come and look through bins of hand tools, supplies, jewelry equipment, torches, flexshafts,…"
23 hours ago
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"https://www.facebook.com/events/176255089772696/?active_tab=about Future Craft: Entrepreneurship or Enterprise? 14 March at 10:00–18:00 The University for the Creative Arts is liaising with leading institutions to instigate and…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"happy to announce that #Narrative #Jewelry by ACJ Member Mark Fenn published by Schiffer Publishing is now available in the #UK from all good #booksellers. For a signed copy please visit narrative-jewellery.com/?utm_content=b… and fill in the…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Forging a Silver Spoon with Barbara Amstutz - Silversmith - Switzerland https://madineurope.eu/trainings/135/forging_a_silver_spoon_with_barbara_amstutz_silversmith_switzerland/"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Dodge the shredder Tuesday 20 February 2018, 10.30am-4.30pm A full-day workshop empowering artists and individuals to fundraise effectively and create a financial strategy for their projects. The session looks at: - Approaching galleries…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Klimt02 is looking for contributors to submit texts for review and consideration for publication at section Forum to communicate them world wide.   Klimt02 Forum is a space for opinion, debate and exchange. In it you can access articles,…"
yesterday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"As each year for more than 20 years now, the AMBERIF International Fair of Amber, Jewellery and Gemstones invites artists and designers from all over the world to spend some time with a piece of amber and present their interpretation of a…"
yesterday

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2018   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service