Megan Kerr

Megan Kerr is a Finger Lakes-based metalsmith who is completing her final year in the Metal BFA at SUNY New Paltz. Kerr’s work finds unique ways to encompass found material within her metalsmithing. She explores themes of vulnerability and memory through her use of vintage textiles and found objects. She challenges the boundaries of traditional mourning symbols and contemporary metalsmithing. Kerr’s work has been featured in a variety of exhibitions, including Essence Literary Arts magazine, Brooklyn Metalworks, and The Acme Gallery. She utilizes her contemporary skills by working as a studio assistant for K/ller collection jewelry and has created her own electroforming program with Iron Vine Studios in Upstate New York. She is an active member of the New Paltz student art alliance, where she serves as the guest artist lecture liaison. She continues to refine her craft through numerous workshops and courses in metalworking to enhance her professional knowledge and creativity.

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Adaptation

Date of Creation: April 14, 2023

List of Materials: sterling silver, sock

Dimensions: 14 x 7 x .5

Photographer's Name: Reed Humphrey

Model's Name: Megan Kerr

Conceptual Statement: Mourning is an unfortunate and inevitable part of human life. Living to find the objects that bridge life and death is significant in our healing process. Keeping, holding, and wearing recycled clothing has a strong narrative agency. In my artwork, the wear and destruction of clothing and textiles symbolize the relocation of grief. Transporting the sorrow from one entity to another, while both never being able to mend the same again. Metal is used to imitate the appearance of the clothing while also used as a vehicle to bind what was once whole. In many other traditions, mourning is expressed in other forms like the cutting of hair, the ripping of skin, and the destruction of clothing. I bridge the hard and soft material by replicating stitches, patterns in weaving, and other tailored accessories that will be fabricated and reincorporated back into the original material. Adaptation uses a pair of old socks to create contemporary chain links. Socks are intimate wearable garments that we

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Adaptation

Date of Creation: 14/04/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Sock

Dimensions: 14 x 7 x .5

Photographer's Name: Reed Humphrey

Model's Name: Megan Kerr

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