Artist’s Reception: Friday, April 14th 7-10 pmExhibition on view April 14th – 30th 2017, by appointment onlyIntersecting Boundaries: artworks that explore the overlap of body adornment, sculpture, and performanceWorks by Kat Cole, Sarah Holden, Tova Lund, and Renée Zettle-SterlingCurated by Sarah T. RobertsCurator’s Statement:“As a metalsmith, I am interested in how our field overlaps with and questions the boundaries between sculpture, performance and body adornment. At times, jewelry can be underrepresented as a form of art or cast aside because of its functionality. The artists selected for this exhibition push, blur, and reinterpret those limitations through the creation of their artwork.”Kat Cole pushes the boundaries of metalsmithing and tests the limits of what is possible through the use of enamel and steel to create both neckpieces and large site-specific sculpture. Cole exquisitely investigates place with keen contrasts in colors, shapes, and surface qualities. It’s as if, given a different viewpoint, we are able to see what lies beneath the surface of our space.Sarah Holden’s newest series is informed by the portraiture of Queen Elizabeth the First, an important female icon that used images as a way to promote her power and authority. Holden investigates the Queen’s “role reversal” by transposing expected gender associations of steel and fiber in the creation of patterned lace-like brooches. Additionally, after “The Ditchley” portrait of Queen Elizabeth, Holden completes large-scale soot drawings of each brooch using soot from her acetylene torch and polishing tools to remove the carbon.Tova Lund utilizes found objects, photography, and performance to investigate jewelry as expressions of power and powerlessness and considers the physical and psychological relationship between place and self. This combination of media and material allows the viewer to examine not only what these pieces might feel like being “worn” but also what connections they have to the larger place and space around us.Renée Zettle-Sterling explores contemporary Western culture’s relationship with death and mourning and seeks to understand how specific objects can help us through the grieving process. In her “Family” series, Zettle-Sterling deeply questions this process by creating artwork where the physical pain of the wearer is necessary for the pieces to function.