I think of my practice as a way to express my moment in time and then to share that moment with those who experience my work. I find harmony in asymmetry, irregularities and imperfections... tensions of varied textures, contrasting finishes and mixed metals. I'm attracted to processes and materials that challenge the notion of value and preciousness in jewelry.
Monika Urbaniak , a metalsmith, studio jeweler and mixed media artist, graduated from NSCAD University in 2008 with concentration in Textiles and Drawing. Over the years she has worked with fiber, paper and metal. Her fascination with sculptural possibilities of materials led her to jewelry. She continued to develop her skills and attended various jewelry courses at VCC in Vancouver, BC.
Monika finds harmony in asymmetry, irregularities and imperfections... tensions of varied textures, contrasting finishes and mixed metals. Her inspirations comes from all forms sculptural, natural and man-made; a line in the pavement, a curious mind, a walk with her dog.
She works in Silver, Copper, Brass and Gold- combining all metals into edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry. She often counterbalances precious metals with pebbles and found objects. Monika uses special texturing processes and patinas to create pieces that are unique as the patterns can never be exactly replicated.
She works in her studio in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island.
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.