Mickenzee Davis

I am a metalsmith from Fort Wayne, IN, currently residing in Muncie, IN. I am receiving my Bachelors in Fine arts with a concentration in metals from Ball State University in the spring of 2023. My jewelry and sculptures are about growing up as a middle child, and the events that come with entertaining oneself in the safety of her childhood backyard. With themes of nostalgia and whimsy, I fabricate my sculptures with wire and color applications using plastic powder-coating. Some of my previous works have been exhibited in Ball State’s Ned and Gloria Griner art gallery, as well as the Muncie Makes Lab in downtown Muncie. I am currently exhibiting this series, Backyard Beginnings, at Ball State University in the spring of 2023.

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Hiding Place

Date of Creation: April 23, 2023

List of Materials: Brass, copper, powder-coat, soft glass, borosilicate glass

Dimensions: 24in x 30in x 14in

Photographer's Name: Brooke Ackerman

Model's Name: Kinzee Davis

Conceptual Statement: The backyard, a place of endless imagination during childhood, becomes a guarded kingdom preventing anyone from leaving or entering. Privacy fences and overgrown vines, while intended to be decorative and a safeguard for a child’s play space, becomes a blockade from the chatter and laughter of neighborly kids, and a hindrance to the formation of close friendships. The memories of times that once felt impossible become mementos. The armor can be taken off at last, seen to be reminded of the harrowing times that once felt never-ending.The lilac bush in the backyard was one of my favorite hiding places. During the spring and summers, it would be full of leaves and blooming with its fragrant purple flowers. "Hiding Place" stands for all of the ways and places a child hides themselves from the rest of the world, both physically and metaphorically.

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She Grew up so Fast

Date of Creation: 23/04/2023

List of Materials: Brass, copper, powder-coat, soft glass

Dimensions: 8in x 11in x 7in

Photographer's Name: Brooke Ackerman

Model's Name: Kinzee Davis

Conceptual Statement: "She Grew up so Fast" holds the memories of a childhood that cannot be returned to, as well as a celebration for making it out of the boundaries of the privacy fence and finding personal freedom. Sitting on top of the head, she serves as a crown for overcoming the hurdles of adolescence and growing as a person. Now that the child has grown up, she can look at the backyard as a place of comfort, knowing she is free to go wherever she pleases.

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Make Believe

Date of Creation: 23/04/2023

List of Materials: Brass, copper, powder-coat, soft glass, UV resin

Dimensions: 12in x 8in x 6in

Photographer's Name: Brooke Ackerman

Model's Name: Kinzee Davis

Conceptual Statement: The snail, named "Make Believe", is the animal which adorns the upper leg. Gripping the back of the thigh like a shy child to her mother, the snail becomes a manifestation of the outcomes of a child that grew up lacking the social development skills needed to interact with society. The snail is a timid animal and is not the type to want to interact with unfamiliar individuals. She carries her shelter on her back, and retreats into it when threatened, blending in with her natural surroundings. The snail typically travels alone or in small bonded groups, only coming out of her shell when she feels no threats.

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