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Underwater Marvels Propel My Art

My art jewelry is an expression of gratitude to the ocean and my way of giving it a voice. Experiencing the wonders and fragility of marine ecosystems while SCUBA diving, propels me to create jewelry which evokes vivid memories of beautiful ocean scenes while leaving sea creatures and the seaside untouched. All pieces are crafted by hand, and each work of art is unique.

Radiolarian and Snowflake Coral Polyp Series

Join me underwater to admire the tiniest creatures. My wearable portrayals of the stories within our oceans highlight what is affected when pervasive contaminants in our oceans induce genetic mutations and corporations alter nature via genetically modified organisms. My Radiolaria and Snowflake Coral Polyps begin as enlarged hand drawings of microscopic and minute creatures transmuted into layers. I hand finish, texture, and rejoin each rough-cut sterling silver or titanium metal layer with industrially produced stainless steel fasteners as a subtle reminder to the wearer of our effect on even the smallest of life forms. I choose precious or semi-precious stones or leather offcuts to recreate colorful facets of the creatures.

An illustration from Ernst Haeckel’s “Art Forms in Nature” sat on my workbench for years as I considered how to share the beauty of these microscopic sea creatures and bring Haeckel’s complex drawings to life in metal. The series prototype was break-through etched with traditional methods. Pursuing a more environmentally friendly option, my third process iteration further embodies the mutative effects of industrialization on all sea life. I feed my hand drawings into CAD software and convert the files for a laser cutting machine. Locating a laser machine able to cut very thin sterling silver was the final step incorporating modern industrial methods into Radiolaria and Snowflake Coral Polyp art to wear.

b. USA. Sherry Cordova lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The art jewelry of Sherry Cordova is an expression of gratitude to the ocean and her way of giving it a voice. She experiences the wonders and fragility of marine ecosystems while SCUBA diving and is propelled to create handmade jewelry evoking vivid memories of beautiful ocean scenes while leaving sea creatures and the seaside untouched. All pieces are crafted by hand, and each work of art is unique.

She was a finalist in the Silver category of the 2007 Saul Bell International Design Award Competition with a modern filigree brooch/pendant resembling an urchin. Her cuff bracelet of flowing kelp was included in “Mind, Heart & Hand: From the Metal Artist’s Studio: A Juried Exhibition of Work by the Members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild” at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA 2013. Two Radiolarian pieces were in the juried 2020 Fuller Craft Museum Biennial Member Show.

Sherry’s current work brings the viewer into the sea to admire the tiniest creatures. The wearable portrayals of the stories within our oceans highlight what is affected when pervasive contaminants in our oceans induce genetic mutations, when corporations alter nature via genetically modified organisms, and global shipping transports creatures to new ecosystems. Her Radiolarian and Snowflake Coral Polyp series begin as hand drawings of these microscopic and minute creatures enlarged and transmuted into layers. Each rough-cut silver or titanium metal layer is hand finished, textured, and rejoined with industrially produced stainless steel screws and nuts as a subtle reminder to the wearer of our effect on even the smallest of life forms. Facets of the creatures are actualized with precious or semi-precious stones or leather off-cuts from a local artist.

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MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
"Circogonia-Epibulia Brooch/Pendant on Siphonophorae Necklace" and "DMO Trio Spheres, Collosphaera Huxleyi, Müller" reversible pendant were included in the 2020 Juried Biennial Member Show, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
"Seaweed Wrap", Mind, Heart, Hand exhibition, 2013, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

ONLINE EXHIBITIONS
"Collosphaera Huxleyi Muller Gigantus", Appropriated Adornment SNAG online exhibition 2017
"Radiolarian", Appropriated Adornment SNAG online exhibition 2017
"Eye of the Hurricane", Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World online Ganoksin exhibition, 2014

EDUCATION
B.S. Applied Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

RECOGNITION
2007 Saul Bell International Design Award Finalist, Silver
2016 ENDANGERED: Art for Apes 2nd place Wearables

ASSOCIATIONS
Society of North American Goldsmiths
Metal Arts Guild San Francisco
Founding Member and Former President of Metal Arts Association of Silicon Valley
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

PUBLICATIONS
"Soul's Medal of Honor", Oakland Magazine Sept/Oct 2009
"Khanjar" letter opener, 500 Knives, Lark Books
"Eye of the Hurricane", 500 Pendants and Lockets, Lark Book
"Fraternal Triplets", The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry: A Complete Guide to Essential Techniques by Joanna Gollberg

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.