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By referencing housewife ideals that were created in the early and mid 20th century and putting a modern twist on vintage graphics, my work is an attempt to converse about the loss of innocence, gender issues, and my search for identity in today’s society.  The closer I get to defining my own place in the world, the less idealistic I become. In the world of comic books and fairytales, the good guy always wins and prince charming saves the damsel in distress. This work attempts to reference those ideals with cynicism and sarcasm.

I chose to use enamels in these pieces because with the unlimited color palette and the soft matte surfaces achievable, I can reproduce colors that are similar to those used in the romance comics that my mother read as a child. The found objects incoroporated in these pieces were collected during a time when I was living in Europe. They reference the knic-knacs that are often picked up during vacations and while traveling. The nostalgic overtone references a time of innocence and discovery, while the included text and titles intentionally disrupt this false sense of security

Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm to comment on gender roles in American society.  In 2008, Marissa earned her BFA in 3-dimensional design from Bowling Green State University and her MFA in 2011 in metals and jewelry design from East Carolina University. For two and a half years after graduating she instructed metalsmithing, jewelry and enameling courses in Certaldo, Italy for East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives Study Abroad Program. From 2013 to 2015 she worked at J. Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado as gallery manager and assistant studio manager. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC

She has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be seen on display at in the Dorothy McKenzie Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH as well as at the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.

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