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I live in rural Kansas on farmland and near dense woods. I have developed a close connection to this land and its rhythms of inevitable change. While on daily walks through wooded flood plains and across rolling, open fields, I closely observe nature’s details and meditate on the vast horizon with its ever-shifting compositions. These rhythms have created profound changes in my understanding of life and death, and have greatly influenced the development of my work as a metalsmith. My designs are inspired by the cycles of nature that symbolize the passage of time. Rich surfaces and vibrant colors evoke joy. The minimal, stately exterior of each piece gradually leads to more detailed intimate space. Nestled within the interior of each object are elements that await discovery, representing new growth and renewal.

Gina Westergard is an Associate Professor in the Metalsmithing/Jewelry program at the University of Kansas. She received her M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington and her B.A. at San Diego State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in South Korea, Germany, Australia, Finland, Canada and throughout the United States. Reviews of her work in Metalsmith magazine include "Discoveries Within," Summer 2000 and "Intimate Assemblages," Summer 1997. Her work was selected for the 2014 and 2009 Metalsmith Exhibition in Print publications and her funerary urns appear in 500 Vessels, Contemporary Explorations of Containment, published by Lark Books. She was also awarded a Mid-American Art Alliance/NEA Fellowship.

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