Newell Catania

Newell Catania is a Philadelphia based, multi-media artist whose practice revolves around nostalgia, interpersonal connection, and the personification of found objects. They recently finished their BFA degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of art and Architecture in the spring of 2023.

Newell is an Art Jeweler who focuses on traditional metal fabrication, 3D modeling, multimedia sculptural work, and the study of found objects. She employs maximalist principles and “trash to treasure” ideologies to create whimsical wearables. They have been included in various exhibitions including, but not limited to, {Queerphoria} by Queer Metalsmiths x NYCJW, the 2nd Student Biennial at William Way Community Center, the MJCC Senior Exhibition, and their BFA solo show Something Clever. Newell is looking forward to exploring local craft communities and practices in her post graduate endeavors.


Got Butts?

Date of Creation: April 23, 2023

List of Materials: Copper

Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 2.5 Inches

Photographer's Name: Newell Catania

Conceptual Statement: This ashtray was made to solve an every day problem the artist observed during their time at art school. It was made to fit tightly in the hole in the picnic table outside of Tyler School of Art and Architecture; the unofficial smoke break spot for students. After noticing a ridiculous amount of butts accumulating around the table, Catania created this piece to encourage more responsible behaviors from her peers, while maintaining levity with the "Got Butts?" joke. It made the most sense to photograph the piece in its home, where it will hopefully remain in the years to come. Fabricated in the last month of Newell's BFA program, "Got Butts?" serves as both a legacy piece and a way to process the culmination of their undergraduate experience.



Date of Creation: 21/08/2022

List of Materials: Brass, Dead Bugs, Chewed materials (cookie, colored pencils, soap, pine needles, earplugs, sparkly pom pom, photograph, jellybeans, sticks, leaves, mouthwash)

Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1.5 Inches

Photographer's Name: Newell Catania

Conceptual Statement: "Box" is a container that was made to process the artist's experience with sexual assault and intimate partner abuse. Struggling to deal with the emotional frustration created by their experiences, Catania begun her use of ritualistic, automatic, inscription on sheet metal with this piece. The sheet was then formed into "Box", a foul and unwanted nickname given by the person who inspired the piece. It was filled with chewed items, listed above. The acts of chewing and spitting were healing and methodical, grounding the artist in her body. The originally high polished object contains its macerated innards, becoming patinated by its contents over time. The ugliness that was once obscured by a beautiful finish ferments with age, leaking and altering the original object beyond recognition. The first image was taken immediately after "Box" was finished, and the second was shot over six months into the aging process.

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