Vipers (A Mild Metaphor for Border Politics)

Diane Falkenhagen


Galveston, TX, United States

8-1/2" dia X 1" H

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Photo credit: Cara Murray

My work is an eccentric alliance of material and content where pictorial imagery meets fabricated metal forms. My preferred materials are non-ferrous metals, stainless steel, pigments, various art media, and other alternative materials. Combining my passion for the jewelry fabrication process and my obsession with all things picturesque, I attempt to transform two-dimensional pictorial space into sculptural jewelry forms.

Recently my focus has been on stylized interpretations of the visual imagery I encounter in the natural environment of the Texas Gulf Coast and the Southwest. In my more recent mixed-media jewelry pieces, I’ve created miniature black and white drawings on metal forms or panels attached to forged frameworks.

While creating pieces with renderings of snake imagery, I was reminded of the venomous political environment we live in, and thus the idea for my neckpiece, Vipers – A Mild Metaphor for Border Politics, came about.

A native of Texas, Diane has also lived in Brazil, Alaska and England. Today she maintains a private studio in Galveston. Diane's work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY. Diane periodically leads workshops and lectures about her work, and currently teaches at Glassell School of Art.

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