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My work is inspired by liturgical and secular goldsmithing masterworks between the Medieval to Renaissance periods. I am astounded that during this time, goldsmiths sometimes utilized an art object from hundreds of years earlier to create a new work embedded with communication that is often counter to that of its predecessor’s intent. Within my current body of work, organic materials and found objects, both precious and repulsive, speak about transformation through nature-based iconography. While at times I create stand-alone jewelry works, within my larger chased and repousséd holloware forms, I aim to find interplay between sculpture, vessel, and wearable. As hybrids that are tied to historical reliquaries and their relics, each bear a fluid exchange of intertwined themes that I hope will intrigue.

A member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths since 1996, Lynn Cool received an MFA in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Kansas State University and a BFA in Design from The University of Kansas. In addition to freelancing as a critical writer for Metalsmith magazine, Cool’s work is published in “Korean Metal Art: Techniques, Inspiration, and Traditions”. She has received recognition for her artwork in both online venues such as SNAG’s “We are SNAG: Identity,” and “The Body Adorned,” and in physical exhibitions including the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, SOFA Chicago, Illinois, the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and the Ostholstein Museum in Eutin, Germany.

In addition to maintaining a home studio, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park, Kansas, having previously taught Metalsmithing at The University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Lynn Cool received an MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from Kansas State University and a BFA in Design with a Metalsmithing & Jewelry emphasis from The University of Kansas.

A freelance critical writer for Metalsmith magazine, she has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally within venues such as the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas and the Ostholstein Museum in Eutin, Germany. Her was included within the 2015 and in the 2012 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print edition entitled "Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures," curated by Valerie Steele, Director/Head Curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Additionally, Cool's work is a part of SNAG's online exhibitions, We are SNAG:Identity,” and "The Body Adorned," curated by Gail M. Brown.

During the summer and fall of 2008, Cool was a visiting artist at the Lahti Institute of Design within the University of Applied Sciences in Lahti, Finland. The artist has maintained a studio in Lawrence, Kansas since 2002.

 

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