Interstitial art is any work of art whose basic nature falls between, rather than within, the familiar boundaries of accepted genres or media, thus making the work difficult to categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline.
In fact, my life has been an interstitial odyssey in many ways, so I resonate with this title; I am a bridge, a connection, I fill the spaces in between. In the past 17 years I've developed language to explain my work, my process, my medium. You may see some of my works here on my blog, and still are not sure what it is I "do". I make micro-mosaics--different from ancient micromosaics--not exactly mosaic and not strictly limited to jewelry. I am a goldsmith, a weaver, and a painter, and sometimes I combine all these. Calling myself an interstitial artist validates that I make connections where they didn't previously exist. I make work that does not fall into simple categories. My work is also interstitial in the way that I am often commissioned to create something from your life, a creative narration from heart, to hands, to life.
I have often said it is a joy to be able to commemorate special events for you. This latest example was a "blind" collaboration...a surprise gift for the man who penned this poem. His wife knows he appreciates my art as I have worked with him on gifts for her. I enjoyed a chance to work on something for him, having our previous conversations to draw from.
We decided to incorporate his poem into a framed micro-mosaic. The poem is inscribed onto a piece of marble, the overall size is just under 8" square in the frame.
This necklace will be up for auction through www.MetalsmithsForChange.com on Instagram.
Auction begins Saturday, May 8th, 2021 at 10am and ends Sunday, May 9th at 10am Pacific Time.
Made from their original wedding bands, melted down and forged anew to securely hold his ashes; visible yet obscured by a rutilated quartz.
"My love of humanity and passion for helping others inspired me to become a physician."
-Dr. Patricia Bath
Starting this Saturday, a new group of auctions for Metalsmiths for Change will be going up on Instagram. You can preview the auctions at the website but the auctions will be held on Instagram so you'll need an Instagram account to participate. I love IG and hope you'll join me over there. I often post works in progress, along with garden and pet, husband and travel (when we get to travel again) :)
On Inauguration Day, I woke up feeling....energized. I put on my robe and my string of pearls, and shuffled to the kitchen for coffee, preparing for the ceremony to come. I felt connected to so many of you. I had received notes and messages from several who had commissioned or bought dissent collars, saying you were wearing them that day. We were connected by so many threads: rejoicing in the strength of women, a compassionate new President Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris, a Woman of Color, taking her place as Vice President of the United States of America...the Dark Ages of the past four years coming to a close.
A friend celebrating her birthday on Jan 20th decided to buy the necklace, while saying she had an idea for birthday earrings. She sent me a drawing and we talked on the phone, caught up on life, discussed these earrings and how much hope and love we have for America. The earrings commemorate the date, a palindrome, and based on Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem'... I feel honored to once again be a catalyst for your creativity. (And I love these earrings so much, I am making myself a pair!) xoxox