Industrial vs Nature

Kelly Miller


Saint Louis, MO, United States

2.75 x 2 x 5/8 inches

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I fabricate quirky brooches based on repetition and mechanized patterns. I am selecting discarded materials and distinct color combinations and re-inventing these into geological stratum-like pieces. My methodology is consistent, fabricating using classic silversmithing and stone setting techniques, merging these with powder coating, then embedding natural relics throughout my practice.

I construct my works to present a view of the items I collect from my daily surroundings. I turn them into familiar artifacts, allowing the viewer to identify with them. My jewelry evokes a memory of a family vacation, a vintage polka dot dress, or an architectural site.

Layering each component allows me to reflect and relish in the memories the work conjures up for me. I strive to continue creating connections with our surroundings’ past and present nature while sharing my experiences with the audience.

Kelly Miller received her BFA from SCAD and her MFA from SIUE. She teaches metalsmithing at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO and works as the Studio Technician at Craft Alliance. She is a multidisciplinary artist working in several mediums. Kelly's works are published in numerous periodicals, and books, and have been exhibited nationally.

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