Meghann Sottile
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Lillstreet Art Center
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Captivated by religious reliquaries, I’m fascinated with creating artwork that houses found objects.  Historically, a reliquary is a shrine that contains relics, which are remains of holy saints. I remember attending Catholic Mass growing up and I recall two shrines that were on display, one containing a chunk of wood from Jesus’ manger and the other having a small portion of Mary’s cloak. These items were housed in beautiful, elaborately decorated vessels. These reliquaries from my childhood have become inspiration as I craft my own hallowed place for treasures that have been left behind for me to discover and cherish. In my work I create narratives using family heirlooms and prized found objects with imaginative and thoughtful attention to detail. With each piece that is created, I deliberately choose shapes, textures and colors that strengthen the storyline and history of the piece. By utilizing both traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques, I am able to craft ornately decorated work that gives each nostalgic item a permanent place to elevate their significance.  

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At 7:35am on November 4, 2014, Brigitte Martin said…

Thank you very much for your membership renewal and continued support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through November 15, 2016.

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At 12:40pm on December 6, 2013, Victoria Woollen-Danner said…
Can't wait to see you work here!
At 10:42am on November 20, 2013, Jonathan Leo Brown said…

Meghann.  Welcome to Crafthaus.  Your work looks great. 

At 4:01pm on November 19, 2013, Sarah Truett said…

Welcome to crafthaus girl!

At 11:18am on November 19, 2013, anne havel said…

i guess you must know pam.  we're on the snag bod together.  anne

At 1:33pm on November 16, 2013, Brigitte Martin said…

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