Glass

Many Faces

As a gay, person of color, most of my life has been a game of translation. I looked at life (and myself) through the lens of others. In my most recent series of self-portraits, I seek to explore my identity…

BLOOM

BLOOM plays with the concept of natural flow as it permeates our world. I observe this flow in the natural, digital, and spiritual worlds. These worlds are merged by the hand to form a transcendental experience. Strings of silicone move…

Materia Remedium

Binding together the paradox of things absent with things present. We can never know what is absent, only the measure of it, as it haunts the place where it once existed.

Mesquite Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

The Mesquite Cuff is made from thick sterling silver rectangular wire that has been cut to length and textured with a metal stamp. It was formed around a mandrel, then patinated to highlight the texturing details, then polished. As a…

First Aid: Famine

My work incorporates a variety of mediums including metal, wood, glass, and found objects. I employ traditional techniques to produce sculpture that evokes items of manufacture while attempting to bring humor and frank attention to issues of global importance and…

Nothing but Happiness

For generations my family has practiced the Scottish tradition of First Footing. The first person to enter a home on New Year’s Day carries tokens of good fortune for the year to come. I remember my grandmother wrapping parcels containing…

Mask Order/Order of the Mask

This work was inspired by the idea, symbol, and artefact of the surgical mask, and by the polemical nature it acquired during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Void Risk (energy in/energy out)

Void Risk (energy in/energy out) is fabricated from copper, brass, and powdercoat. Inspiration for this piece includes vortex coils, futuristic space devices, and medical tools.

The Fallen

“The Fallen” are reliquary vessels that encapsulate and transform detritus into the sublime. I have collected these often overlooked materials to pay homage to the connections I have with nature: hummingbirds that fed from my garden, bleeding heart flowers that…

Panic Purchasing: A Reliquary for Toilet Paper

Metalsmith Becky McDonah focuses on the format of the reliquary for its ability to elaborately protect and display venerated objects. She explores issues dealing with importance of position, presentation, and access or limited access to the contents. By using extensive…

Fractured

Using my hands creatively brings my ideas to life, which I find exciting.  Learning and exploring new processes to layer on existing skills gives me an opportunity to realize new depth in my work.  Sometimes my hands guide the work,…

Astral Passage

Circles, disc and spheres are a universal echo of the cosmos. As ancient Chinese used the Pi as a stone for speaking to the heavens, we now direct our giant lenses to peer out into the Universe. The use of…

Heart Throb Brooch

Heart Throb Brooch is from a series of large heart themed brooches I’ve made over period of several years. Each is housed in a sculptural box thematic to the work. Hearts have always been a favorite form of personal expression,…

Feather Reliquary

My work celebrates the sacredness of the mundane. Religious reliquaries and talismans house ordinary objects such as wood, bone and cloth considered to be holy because of an association with saints or gurus. My reliquaries and talismans present ordinary objects…

Stunted

Morgan Calabrese creates sculptural objects inspired by architectural and industrial forms. She primarily works with copper and nickel silver using hollow construction techniques. Through the use of industrial materials such as glass, stone, or metal, her work references ideas of…

Excoriate

My work shows the dualities of protection and restraint, alongside a desire to shed restrictions. A sense of vulnerability lies at the center of this protection and is shown to always be something that is obscured or unavailable. Thinly networked…

Bitter Green Lichen Brooch

This brooch is an attempt to capture the complex and natural beauty of Lichens through special effects in enamel (glass) and sterling silver.

Speaking of Jewelry #1

This new work is jewelry about jewelry itself. I have come to the conclusion that jewelry sits at the intersection of (at least) three attributes: body, touch, and ornament. Each attribute is rich and complex. I symbolize each property with…

Two Dollar Earrings

While walking on the beach I noticed numerous battered Sand Dollars. Their broken nature provided an opportunity to look into the internal structure of the creature. I collected, cleaned and processed the Sand Dollars in an electroforming bath transforming them…

Paramount Ring

This body of work emphasizes process while exploring identity, the relationship between synthetic and organic, the emotional history of an object, and mental health awareness.

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