Object of Transition: Home #1

Renee Zettle-Sterling


Coopersville, MI, United States

15 x 13 x 2

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Photo credit: Renee Zettle-Sterling

Creating work on loss has given me a unique perspective on compassion and enduring love. I am using my past work on the topic of mourning and the loss of my brother as a springboard to look deeply at what empathy means and what bonds us to one another. This new work deals with the transition from concerning myself with the dead and mourning practices to the living and connections formed and nurtured.

Renee Zettle-Sterling received her MFA in Sculpture/Installation and a MA in Jewelry Metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and BFA in Papermaking/Fibers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Zettle-Sterling teaches Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Three-Dimensional Design, and Sculpture at Grand Valley State University.

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