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The division between fiction and reality can be a struggle to distinguish. From Cabinets of Curiosity that were meant to document natural and manmade wonders in the past to news reports based on urban legends that are easily circulated and promulgated in the internet age, people are fascinated by and at times easily duped into believing the authenticity of fictional narratives. While at times this willingness of others to accept the fictional is a source of frustration, the sense of wonder and doubt one feels when confronted with something that feels to be stranger than fiction can be amusing.

This body of work is centered on the Cordyceps fungus. In reality, this species infects and controls the minds of insects. The fungus then blossoms from the insect’s body, killing it. The sight is at once horrifying and beautiful. Here, a variation of Cordyceps that infects human hosts is under examination. These pieces reference an assortment of tools based on surgical and dental tools of the past, as well as groundbreaking medical technologies like stem cell organ transplants that will be utilized in people in the near future.

Originally from Groveland, Massachusetts, Chloe Darke received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing & Jewelry from Maine College of Art in May 2011. Shortly after graduation, she attended "The Metal Tea Infuser," a workshop taught by Tom Muir, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. This incredible experience reinforced her passion for craft and determination to make metalsmithing her career. Chloe was employed as a silversmith at Old Newbury Crafters in Amesbury, Massachusetts from October 2011 to August 2016. She and her coworkers are featured in an episode of the PBS television series Craft in America entitled "Forge." She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Metals as a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Chloe Darke

darke@wisc.edu

chloedarke.com

 

Education                                                                                                                                   

2019          Master of Fine Arts Candidate - University of Wisconsin-Madison - Metals

2011          Bachelor of Fine Arts - Maine College of Art - Metalsmithing & Jewelry

 

Exhibitions                                                                                                                                 

2018

Radical Jewelry Makeover: Wisconsin - Union Art Gallery (collaborative piece) - University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Seeks Human Host - Gallery 7 (Master of Arts Show) - University of Wisconsin-Madison

InFlux - The Enamelist Society - Online Exhibition

Alchemy4 - National Ornamental Metal Museum - Memphis, Tennessee

2017

Nature and Neon - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Swap|Meet - Quarter Gallery - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Against Interpretation - Gallery 7 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Forge, Form, Fabricate - University Museum - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

We Made You a Mixtape - Art Lofts - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Nexus: The 2017 Juried Student Exhibition - Society of North American Goldsmiths Nexus Conference - New Orleans, Louisiana

Alchemy4 - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts - Gatlinburg, Tennessee - Ohio Craft Museum - Columbus, Ohio

Making Your Mark - Providence Art Club - Providence, Rhode Island

Craft Work - Gallery 7 - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Witnesses - Art Lofts - University of Wisconsin-Madison                                                

2016

A Metals Panoply - Art Lofts - University of Wisconsin-Madison                                  

2015

Earthy Abstractions - Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery - Fayetteville, North Carolina

2014

Women’s Work - Freehand Gallery - Los Angeles, California

2013

Nude Attitude - Peoria Art Guild - Peoria, Illinois

2011

Thesis Exhibition - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

BFA Index Exhibition - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry for Tomorrow We Die - Free Street Gallery - Portland, Maine 2010

BFA Show - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

Thinking Outside the Body - Institute of Contemporary Art - Portland, Maine

Merit Show - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

 

Publications

2018

SNAG JAMS, Jewelry and Metals Survey Vol. 1 | 2017, (Print and Digital Publication), Society of North American Goldsmiths, p. 158, 2018

Nature and Neon, (Exhibition Catalogue), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, p. 8, 2018

2017

Alchemy4: Transformation in Contemporary Enamels, (Exhibition Catalogue) The Enamelist Society, p. 53, 2017

2013

Forge - Craft in America - PBS - Original Airdate: October 26, 2013, Episode 10

 

Awards and Acknowledgements

2018

InFlux Honorable Mention Award - Juried Exhibition “Seed Pod Necklace #2”InFlux – The Enamelist Society Student Exhibition 2018

2017

Alchemy4 Exhibition Award - Juried Student Exhibition “Seed Pod Necklace” Alchemy4 - The Enamelist Society Conference 2017

Honorable Mention - Juried Exhibition “Venus IV” Making Your Mark - Providence Art Club - Providence, Rhode Island                                                                                             

2015

Belvedere Fund - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

Honorable Mention - Juried Exhibition “Venus IV” Earthy Abstractions - Ellington-White Contemporary Gallery - Fayetteville, North Carolina

2013

Third Place - Juried Exhibition “Breast Bowl” Nude Attitude - Peoria Art Guild - Peoria, Illinois

2011

Fine Metals Scholarship - Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton, New Jersey

2010

Fine Metals Scholarship - Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton, New Jersey

2007

MECA Vision scholarship - Maine College of Art - Portland, Maine

 

Work Experience

2017 - 2018

Wood Shop and Foundry Monitor - University of Wisconsin-Madison

2016 - 2017

Professor’s Assistant - Professor Jeffrey Clancy - University of Wisconsin-Madison

2012 - present

Jewelry and Custom Accessory Maker - JW Reilly Boston - Boston, Massachusetts

2011 - 2016

Silversmith - Old Newbury Crafters - Amesbury, Massachusetts

 

Guest Lecturer and Workshops

2016

Craft in America Summer Studio Workshops - Kutztown University - Kutztown, Pennsylvania

2015

Craft in America Summer Studio Workshops - Kutztown University - Kutztown, Pennsylvania

2014

Guest Lecturer - Women Who Work in Metal - Craft in America Center - Los Angeles, California

 

Workshops Attended

2013

En Plein Air Jewelry - Beverly Penn - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Deer Isle, Maine

2011

The Metal Tea Infuser - Tom Muir - Haystack Mountain School of Crafts - Deer Isle, Maine

Kinetic Jewelry - Sarah Doremus - Peters Valley Craft Center - Layton, New Jersey

2010

Forging Stainless and Damascus steel -Richard Furrer - New England School of Metal Work - Auburn, Maine

2009

Enameling - Jamie Bennett - Workshop at Maine College of Art

Silversmithing and Industry- Joost During - Lecture at Maine College of Art

2008

Forging Non-ferrous Metals - David Clemons - Workshop at Maine College of Art

 

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