Photograph courtesy of Matt Gubancsik

Photograph courtesy of Matt Gubancsik

About me,

I am a metalsmith that was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I earned my baccalaureate degree from Kendall College of Art and Design, majoring in Metals and Jewelry design and minoring in Art History, in 2018. My work focuses on the formal traditions of silversmithing while utilizing contemporary methods and technologies. I am exploring the idiosyncrasies of craft and our desire to create and consume surprising everyday objects that enrich the lives of anyone who experiences them. 

Recently I have been focusing on the process of electroforming in the production of serving vessels, integrating 3D modeling and printing technologies into a field where objects in this class are either mass produced or raised from sheet metal with a hammer. An idea becomes a 3-D print, and ends up as a hollow metal object with the help of copper bars, electrochemistry, and time. My forms are inspired by the female body and the importance of “the gaze” within all art practices. I gain my inspiration from and create forms that are curving and sensual, which encourage the viewer to engage with them. This moment asks the viewer to reevaluate the way they look at the people and things that surround them; provoking them, if only briefly, to realize that we all possess something harmful or even frightening within ourselves