Andrea White, 2016, USA


Throughout human history, metal has been a means to communicate status and symbol. Metals have been instilled with different symbolic meanings by various cultures, yet each metal seems to carry its own common language that can be interpreted by anyone. As an artist working with metal, I have to understand what the materials are conveying to the viewer, and how those interpretations fall in line with the intensions of my piece. The bond that is built during the formation of a piece stems from an appreciation of metal and its meaning. In the end, the metal retains its own cultural and geological significance, while also lending itself to speak for the piece. Light speaks to the relationship between the cultural significance of a reliquary, and the refractory properties of its materials.

Sterling silver, jade, wool felt, silk cord, 7,6×6,4×3,8cm