Interdisciplinary. Community. Advocacy. Humor.
Crafthaus is proud to announce its first EMERGE scholarship recipient: Rickson Salkeld. Rickson, a Toronto native received a crafthaus stipend that will allow her to attend the SNAG conference in Houston full time !
About EMERGE: The scholarship is focused on providing partial funding for ongoing projects, or to enable an artist to attend an important conference event. Two crafthaus scholarships are granted per year to emerging artists who have received their degree within the year preceding the grant. Grant requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and are awarded in the Spring and Fall. (Next submission deadline: August 15, 2010)
About the Artist:
Rickson received her Masters in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Products from the Birmingham School of Jewellery (UK) in the Fall of 2009, and has since returned to Canada to pursue her artistic career. She is an active crafthaus member, and has exhibited in the crafthaus online exhibition LIFE IS A BENCH: https://crafthaus.ning.com/group/lifesabench .
In the future, her voice will be heard on crafthaus more often, she will start a new group, focussing on bringing us news from the Canadian Art and Craft Scene.
I am interested in the feminine ideal in relation to the female body. I enjoy creating work that expresses my wish to both conform and rebel against ideas of femininity. Through various materials and processes, I take from my own body both physically and metaphorically. Hair can be used to comment on feminine allure and power, while clear resin is used to symbolize an abundance of tears.
I am interested in the way humans attempt to separate themselves from the primal world of animals with supposedly civilizing rules and regulations. I understand gender as part of the ‘cultured body’ and connect the tension between female and feminine with the struggle to exist as both an animal and a human.
I also create narrative photographs of my jewellery on my own body. The jewellery itself references my ideas of body and femininity as I am wearing it, and enhances the idea that femininity is a performance rather than an innate quality. Overall I enjoy deconstructing and reconstructing the feminine ideal to create wearable works of art alongside narrative photography.
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