The Bench & Balloon | Sculpture

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Medium:Metal
Dimensions:8"  x 5.5"  x 4"
Delivery Format:3D Artwork
Additional Description:Material: Copper, low-fire ceramic paint

Note: The balloon can be removed to be worn as a "larger" brooch. There is a pin on the back of the balloon.

Process: This is all hand fabricated, cut by hand and soldered using a torch with flame.
This piece was one of my first few sculpture "sketches" inspired by places we go and stories we tell ourselves. Specifically, I had been reminiscing about being in a park and watching strangers sitting together. This was a piece originally used in a Valentines Day themed exhibit I created for patients to visit during their stay in the hospital.
Artist StatementI look at my pieces as individual time capsules: vessels containing meaning and memories. Nostalgia, place, interaction, and ritual are all facets I incorporate within the work. Each sculpture is carefully planned but I allow the material to direct me while I am working . I make objects that to me are the “everyday extraordinary.” These are moments with objects we tend to overlook which shape us and make us, moments I am passionate about making small-scale monuments for.
Artist BiographyAmber is an award winning studio artist practicing in small-scale sculpture and art jewelry, she has been working with metal for the last decade. In 2013 she placed for the Halstead Grant, Business Planning and Silver Design. Amber has exhibited in numerous fine craft shows such as The Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, American Craft Council Shows, and Art+Design in Richmond, VA. In 2016 she was named a "30 Under 30 Rising Star" by American Craft Week.
Education
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor|Graduated
What I Love Doing
I love capturing a narrative in metal. I love making parts move with mechanisms I fabricate from hand. I love talking to people about their own history and how something I have created sparks an old memory.
What I Find Beautiful
I find the natural patterns (patina) that occurs on metal after being heated under flame to be beautiful. I also find a full cup of tea paired with a record player playing to be beautiful.
My Favorite Memory
My favorite memory spans across many years- which is all the time I took to sit on a front porch swing with my Grandpa.
My Favorite Art Style
Not surprisingly, I love craftsman and mission style art/craft. I also love surrealism.
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Artwork Medium Metal
Artwork Underlying Themes Aging Gracefully, Change, Childhood, Growing Up, Hope, Life - coming of age, Loss, Love for a - place, Optimism
Creative Style Traditional, Vintage, Whimsical
Collections Petite Pieces, Summer Stories
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