Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 2:00-4:00pm
Presented by Mata Gallery.
Curvi : Linear is an exhibition of sculptural jewelry created with innovative and traditional techniques by two award-winning Saskatchewan artists. Curvaceous forms and vibrant colours contrast with geometric lines and industrial elements.
A 2015 NICHE Award winner and finalist for the upcoming 2016 NICHE awards, Mary Lynn Podiluk explores the relationship between communication and artistic interpretation - representing aspects of language through organic forms, linguistic textures and acoustic visualizations. A foundation of traditional goldsmithing and enamelling informs alternative techniques adapted and refined through continuous self-directed experimentation. Precious metals, gemstones and resilient yet glass-like resin come together to create an interplay of light and colour between lustrous surfaces and vibrant transparency, resulting in jewellery that is lightweight and wearable, while maintaining a glass-like mystique. Sculptural and expressive, her work speaks to the viewer, whether on the body or on display.
Evoking a sense of boldness with a presence that is uncompromising and original, Melody Armstrong makes a statement through her sculptural, wearable art jewellery. She has chosen metal as her dominant component, allowing for technical flexibility while the material informs her designs. Metal is a challenging but versatile element—it is hard and resilient yet not immovable, reluctant to take shape while being worked, and equally resistant to losing that shape once formed. Melody’s work originates from a piece of raw metal and is hand-fabricated, allowing the metal to influence the design itself, its properties lending their character every step of the way without overshadowing her vision for the work. Armstrong has won several awards and competitions, including two Jurors' Choice Selections in the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competitions.
(artist / curatorial statements by Mary Lynn Podiluk)