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My metalwork evokes the forms and geometric shapes found in objects throughout the history of art. Each piece acts as a framing device of text or images found in technology. Like Victorians memorialized their loved ones in the historic pieces known as “mourning jewelry”, these pieces are a homage to a “dying” or near-outdated technology, such as objects that incorporate current images of vanity or short snippets of current headlines that scroll across computer screens and smart phones. At first glance, the object appears to be a precious item made from metal, as to fool one into thinking it is merely a highly personal, beautiful object. However, opening the piece reveals an unexpected screen snapshot of images that parlay technology and how it consumes our personal lives. The objects are hand-fabricated in silver, copper or bronze; the two-dimensional images are captured digitally, manipulated and placed behind Plexiglas.

In a newer body of work, I upcycle consumer waste that is made daily utilizing fibrous microwaveable soup bowls and lids. My items are hand-sawed, pierced, scored into geometric forms, and delicately sewn with thread to create a lasting object. As it was popular during the Georgian period in art history to use ivory in vignettes, I refer to my new raw material as a “socially-conscious ivory”. No genuine ivory is used, only the left-over fiber materials that I transform into personal adornments or petite objects instead of landfill fodder. The 2-D elements are created digitally in Adobe Illustrator then printed in color onto archival paper. It’s the perfect process combination or amalgam of digital-meets-the-handmade.

Patricia Sullivan is a metalsmith and studio artist based in Southern New Jersey for the past twelve years. She spent seven incredible years prior, living in both New York City and the Hudson Valley, studying at Parsons School of Design, moving onward to receive her second degree in Fine Arts/Metals at SUNY New Paltz. A Philadelphia native, Patricia was exposed to all of the wonderful art and music this region has to offer, receiving her first Bachelor’s degree at Temple University. Ms. Sullivan has exhibited her artwork nationally. She is one of thirty artists invited to exhibit at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) as part of being selected for Metalsmith Magazine‘s annual prestigious “Exhibition in Print – Moved By Metal: On Beauty as Interaction” by Guest Curator, Wendy Steiner. She was invited this past year to participate in two curated traveling exhibitions involving her multidisciplinary body of work incorporating digital art, metalwork and upcycled/repurposed materials. Patricia maintains her active metals' studio and writes critiques of fine craft and art at her "artdoesmatter" WordPress blog, read in over 88 countries worldwide.

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