In making work I have largely considered the individual pieces as elements of a particular series, joined in thoughtful response to a body of research and visual stimulus. However, looking back on the last two decades of my creative practice I can also see a unifying theme that transcends those individual trains of thought. My metalwork is fundamentally about metal. The over-arching narrative of materiality is found throughout; whether that be metal’s conceptual opposition to the flesh, its aspirational transformation through alchemy, it’s ubiquity in industrial forms or as a signifier of artificial climate control.
Ana M. Lopez is a metalsmith, educator and decorative arts scholar. Her creative work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently, Lopez has had solo exhibitions at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and in 2018 at the Brookline Art Center in Boston, Massachusetts and at the Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, Maryland. She was selected for a 2019 Maker-Creator Fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Winterthur, Delaware. She has lectured extensively on her own work as a presenter at the 2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the 2019 College Art Association Conference and 2019 Texas Metals Symposium. Ana is the author of the reference book Metalworking Through History: An Encyclopedia, published by Greenwood Press, as well as numerous other scholarly articles. She holds an MFA in Metalsmithing from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MA in the History of American Decorative Arts from The Smithsonian Associates and Parsons School of Design. She is currently Associate Professor of Metalsmithing & Jewelry at the University of North Texas and lives with her family in Fort Worth, Texas.
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