Agnes Harry Mills


Artist Statement: MORE THAN ENOUGH

This work is inspired by my journey in a new country. The struggle between the desire to fit in and the need to stand out. The vessel is a representation of me and the questions I’ve asked myself: “How do I do this?”, “am I still any good?”, “why did I even come here?”, “why is there an invisible standard I can’t seem to meet?”. A war waged in my mind and more than once I thought about going back. But one verse would not stop bugging me “…treasure in earthen vessels…”. So, I was challenged to look within and ask different questions “What do I have and what can I do with it now?”.

Made by electroforming, the hours spent on each piece became a meditative experience. The time that I spent speaking Truth to myself, renewing my mind, and shifting my focus as I layered on and took off wax. Finished mainly by heat coloring, in different shapes and sizes, and with a rather raw and unrefined finish, they remind me that I am not perfect and do not need to be.

Materials: Electroformed Copper, Heat Patina

Dimensions: 9 x 3 x 3 Inches

Educational Institution: The University of Iowa

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