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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…

Contact Cluster: a stack of five rings

Upon each of these rings balances a hollow-fabricated form, made by silver-soldering and gold-soldering up to 30 elements together, mastered from units originally fabricated in metal wire and granules. The completed forms are geodesic spheres, and abstracted extensions of them,…

Garden Reflections: Rain Forest

As a Metalsmith, my work deals with the passage of time. Using the imagery of transport, passage or renewal, it becomes a metaphor for navigating life. In this sculptural vessel, that journey is illuminated by sterling silver, pearls, nickel silver,…

Collective

The part of life that continues to fascinate me most is how human beings affect each other. I’m especially curious about the strength and beauty of the collective. What roles people will play, how they’ll interact, and what they’ll contribute…

XS011 with Removable Brooch

“I explore space, movement and surface by layering materials in intricate patterns. My mixed-media pieces are a marriage of image and object, adorning the wall and the body. Using traditional techniques in unexpected ways, I carve and drill through painted…

Dangle Earrings

Earrings crafted from recycled antique turquoise faceted beads. Capped with textured .925 silver disc beads suspended on .925 silver rolling mill tapered and forged ear wires.

Charmed I’m Sure…and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of

From the series “Of Rust and Roses”, “Charmed, I’m Sure . . . and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of” is a sculptural charm garland that incorporates objects that physically and aesthetically represent Eastern North Carolina to me. It’s meant…

Los Angeles: Olvera Street

My research is influenced by the locations I have lived or visited. My works are inspired by my experiences traveling, and the roads that take me from one place to another. I use materials taken directly from the street showing…

Wheezy, Queasy, Uncomfortable: Nervous Girl

Emily Pellini’s work can best be described as a combination of narrative, lines, and a lot of glitter. While pieces share concepts of trauma, family dysfunction, and shame, they are tied together in delicately lined patterns, illustration, and hand-lettered text….

Palindrome Brooch

A palindrome is a word, number, phrase, or other sequence of characters which reads the same backward as forward. This brooch was created to read and function in the same fashion. In other words, there is no front or back….

Collective Spicule Experiment

Creating repeated forms help me flow in the subconscious. While enveloped in my subconscious, I observe the nuances of my ego. This creation process drives me to explore ego’s functioning while archiving artifacts of our current existence. The culmination of…

Mask for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change

Masks for Thought, Koalas, Pandemic, Climate Change, 2020 Australia has always been at the vanguard even when wearing masks. Australia began wearing masks and respirators in the ACT early in December 2019 as the devastating fires of what it is…

Distortion 1

Moments of trauma mark pivotal shifts in my life that have forever altered my perception of self and reality. Coinciding with lifelong depression, these ailments are both a morbid source of inspiration and a debilitation. My work is a means…

Freedom

My jewelry works serve to bring awareness to society about mental health disorders and its impact on those affected. I strive to help others who are experiencing anxiety and/or depression to become empowered to express themselves and to know that…

Gone Too Soon

My practice merges loud materials with ornate processes to reveal the connective qualities of nostalgia and excitement sparked by collective childhood experiences. I use imagery relevant to childhood, stimulating the memory of each viewer and highlighting the joy of nostalgia….

Stoneball Chess

I like to make chess sets. This is the only place where war should take happen

Potato Roots, Ring Series

The potato root is evidence of neglect. My potatoes grow roots because I have left them on my counter for far too long. In-part a reaction to the isolation caused by the current pandemic this most recent series includes objects,…

Idol to Exceptionalism 6

Post-Industrial Fetish Series All humans desire happiness. To help achieve this, every culture has created objects to bring about things they want and defend against those they don’t. Fetishes are the physical manifestations of potent spirits used for magic, prayer,…

Seed Starter

In my work, I explore an imaginary world that contains a crossover between human and plant-like conformations. These pieces often reference flowers whether native or exotic, trees, and root systems fictitiously enhanced to speak about connections we as humans share…

Metalsmith Dreams #2

Metalsmith Dreams #2 is part of a series of work using lips and/or eyes from images taken during museum visits over the years. The eye in this piece is from a marble bust of Justinian in the Vatican Museum. My…

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,…

Prickly Blue

Nature is the muse that instills in me a visual vocabulary of endless possibilities, that inform my aesthetics whatever form they take. From jewelry to teapots, or basketry to installations, all my pieces are sculptural studies—explorations of the structures, colors,…

Jaula

I use my work to express the environment I was raised in. Growing up as a Mexican-American, I have a different perspective from most of my colleagues, not only within the metals and jewelry field but in the craft field…

Breed

The division between fiction and reality can be a struggle to distinguish. From Cabinets of Curiosity of the past to deep fakes that flood social media, people feverishly consume these fictional narratives and are often duped into believing in their…

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