I create fabricated metal jewelry, most of it enameled, as well as enameled metal works for the wall. I form the metal from sheet and wire, as opposed to cast from shot or sculpted from clay. I work alone as a studio artist, producing my metal work myself from conception to final polish (if there is one). I use both dry sifted and wet packed enamel, often in conjunction with seamed hollowform and hand-hammered chasing and repoussé. I also like to melt and fuse silver scrap to create a raw, highly tactile and unprocessed quality of surface.
I want my work to celebrate both humanity and nature without compromising either, so I use recycled and reclaimed metals almost exclusively. I rarely use stones anymore, since enamel offers so much more flexibility with color, and I’m frankly tired of dumb ideas about what is and is not “precious.” If strapping a carbonized chunk of dirt to your finger is really all it takes to make you feel special, then DeBeers has done their job. That would just be silly and vain if it ended there, but gemstones are far too frequently mined by children, prisoners, and slaves in countries with lax or non-existent environmental protections — just so that other people can make obscene amounts of money. Or flaunt the fact that they make obscene amounts of money. Call me an iconoclastic crabby ass, but brutal exploitation for the sake of vanity just happens to piss me off. Jewelry is the last thing that should come with a heavy burden of other people’s suffering. That’s just not cool. Or beautiful.
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I started this blog during a week when I couldn’t do anything else: I was so sick I could barely move. My eyes couldn’t focus enough to read. But my fingers were fine and I could still think, so I finally got around to actually starting the project that had been rattling around in my brain for several years, but always got pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. And hence this blog was born.
I have an MFA, and while I’m a working artist in the visual arts, I didn’t come here straight from school. My MFA, in fact, is in writing. This blog, as you’ll see if you spend any time here, honors long-form essay styles. That’s my thing. I’m interested in the depth and the details and the time it takes to explore them.
For now, I’m organizing my thoughts into a few broad categories:
Art in Tents explores the world of art fairs from the perspective of an artist who exhibits at them. This includes reviews of shows that I have done (and hopefully I can persuade some guests to blog too) as well as my philosophical and sociological observations about the art fair phenomenon. I would like the information here to be useful to other artists, but I don’t want this to be just an insider thing. Art lovers, art patrons, are the reason art fairs exist. You need to be part of the conversation too.
Your Brain on Art deals with philosophical, sociological, psychological, and anthropological observations and explorations of art and artists generally. We are thinking beings, we create complex cultures, we like to examine ourselves and what we do. This is that.
The Enamelers profiles artists in my own medium, enameling.
The Art Whore is technically a sub-category of the philosophy section, but it’s probably my favorite subject. I’m interested in the intersection of money — what we call “making a living,” among other things — and art. I have absolutely no interest in telling you how to be an MBA instead of an MFA or to give you pointers about how to sell online. There are thousands of people who do that. In fact, it’s an obsession. And that is what interests me. Our culture is permeated and driven by our relationship to money. There’s a reason why all the world’s religions have as much — or more — to say about our proper relationship to money as they do about sex. How we think about money, what we let it do to us, may be the most important issue of our day, and as an artist and thinking person I am very much interested in the most important issues of our day. I am convinced money underlies everything that matters, whether we acknowledge it or not, from global warming to our most intimate personal relationships. We can either let it operate, unexamined, as a force upon us, or we can question it, deconstruct it, make it answer to us instead of the other way around.
There are other categories too, mostly technical stuff that’s pretty enamelist-specific. Those include product reviews, book and video reviews, and my explorations of the technical challenges specific to the medium of enameling.