Katy Cassell

Greenville, SC, United States

10 x 10 x 1 inches

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My work explores the interdependence between humans and the biological and botanical worlds around us. Forms and imagery combine to become physical manifestations of acceptance of mortality or celebrations of newfound youth. I find beauty in the forms associated with decay, signifying the unending cycle of life and rebirth of which we are all a part.
By using the body as the “site” of the artwork the meaning becomes fully realized. The wearer becomes part of the piece, embodies the message, and can spark fleeting moments of human interaction. Wearing the work takes it out into the world.
I enjoy the challenge of combining metal with other materials, such as paper, leather, and glass. The metal creates form, structure, and strength. I’m interested in exploring ideas of fragility versus durability, and the cycle of death and rebirth.

Katy Bergman Cassell earned an MFA from Kent State University and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in OH. She works primarily in enamel, and teaches metals at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. She has had eight solo exhibitions, the most recently at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, AZ.

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