ARTIST'S STATEMENTWhen pressed to define what I do, I always feel strange defining myself as a jeweler. True, I do make jewelry, and so considerations of wearability and mechanics play a part in my design process. This part, however, is in some ways secondary for me.
What's most exciting to me is the process of collecting bits of text cut out-of-context from books, definitions from bi-lingual dictionaries, slices of painted food tins, discards discovered in flea markets, and from this gathered vocabulary figuring out how to bring together this bunch of little, separate ordinary objects, turning them into a whole that's slightly more extraordinary.
I am fascinated by words - what they convey and what they imply in the context of a culture, and cross-culturally. What do people, from artists to shopkeepers, use from the daily environment to convey a message, to express what they believe, who they are, what they sell?
VELVET DA VINCI SHOWS
COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, B.F.A. Textiles, 1986
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO, 1977-79
Galleri Metallum, Sweden + USA, Group Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000
Velvet da Vinci, Sweden + USA, Group Exhibition, 1999
The Contemporary Arts Center, In the Shadow of Calder, New Orleans, LA. 1998
Freehand, California Dreaming, Los Angeles, CA, 1998
California Museum of Art, California Small Works, Santa Rosa, CA, 1998
The Artful Eye, Featured Artist, Calistoga, CA, 1998
Altos de Chavon, Designed and instructed the first jewelry courses ever taught at this Parsons-affiliated design school, Dominican Republic, 1992-93
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Artists Project Mini-Grant, Louisiana Arts Council, 1996
Two Artist-in-Residence Grants, Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic, 1992-93
Elsie Michie, Baton Rouge, LA
Wustum Museum, Racine, WI
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
Marsha and Robin Williams, San Francisco, CA
Judy Bloomfield, New York, NY