Welcome to On THE Bench, where you will find my most recent news and updates!
Currently showing work @ the Hellenic Museum in Melbourne!
Recently showing @ Jewellery week in Munich Germany with Platforma and Galerie Brio jr.
I had the most AMAZING time with the Department of Art at UTEP and ALL of my fantastic students in the metals and jewelry area. I am sad to leave this truly magical place but excited for the future!
In 2015 I was invited to the ECU metals symposium to demonstrate hollow concrete forming techniques. Thank you to everyone at ECU for doing a TOP NOTCH job! I will for sure be back next year!
I am very excited to be joining the fine art Department at The University of Texas in El Paso, I will be a visiting assistant professor in jewelry and metals for the next academic year. Please visit our site @ UTEP Jewelry metals
In August 2014 I concluded my 12 month residency @ the Houston center for Contemporary Craft.
For more information about the residency please visit the HCCC website!
Thanks to Houston Metal Arts Guild for inviting me to do a workshop! July Workshop: Connect(ed) with Demitra Thomloudis
We had such a great time hope to come back soon for another!
Please visit HMAG website!
I got SNAGed......
Finally catch my breath! I had such a great time at the SNAG conference this year! the programing featuring Sofia Bjorkman and Mirjam Hiller was exceptional and truly inspirational!
I'm a Juror! So pleased to announce my participation in the 2014 RDA grants programing. Below is information about the Grants program.
We are happy to begin accepting applications to our 15th annual grants program for students and faculty of the Rice School of Architecture, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, the School of Architecture at Prairie View A&M University, and the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University.
The Rice Design Alliance will make separate awards of up to $5,000 each to a student winner(s) and a faculty winner(s).
Our Initiatives for Houston grants program focuses on Houston’s built environment, its history, present condition, and future development. A variety of regional projects are considered, including historic research, speculative studies, problem-solving and planning projects, and documentary studies of the conditions of the city and its architecture. Proposals are evaluated for their potential to make a significant contribution to our understanding of the city and/or the region.
Projects must describe a dissemination component, which can be in the form of a paper or manuscript, exhibit, video, or other presentation. In addition, the results of the project could be presented by the grantees in a public lecture or published in Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. Awards of up to $5,000 are available for projects to be completed in one year. More than one proposal in each category, student or faculty, can be funded. Past award-winning proposals are available for review in the architecture libraries of the participating schools.
Our guest jurors this year: David Calkins, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler; Kristi M. Grizzle, Senior Associate, Walter P Moore; Willard Holmes, Associate Director Administration, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Andy Icken, Chief Development Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of Houston; and Demitra Thomloudis, Adjunct Instructor, Houston Community College.
LA FRONTERA is coming to HOUSTON! Very excited to see my work and the entire show in person!
LA FRONTERAMAY 30, 2014 — SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
IN THE MAIN GALLERYOpening Reception – Friday, May 30, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
5:45 – Artist Talk by Sandie Zilker (Texas Masters Series)
6:00 – Curator’s Talk by Mike Holmes (La Frontera)
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is proud to present La Frontera (The Borderlands), an international exhibition of contemporary jewelry that explores the physical space where the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States is most evident. With startling results, 90 artists from the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Latin America explore the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, social, cultural, and ideological contexts.
At 1,969 miles long, the U.S.-Mexico border has the largest number of legal and illegal crossings in the world. An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants currently live in the United States, according to studies by the Pew Hispanic Research Center. Concerns about illegal immigration, combined with the increase in drug trafficking and violence, instigated the controversial construction of the border fence, which is now 700 miles long and counting. This timely exhibition occurs as the U.S. Congress is considering an immigration reform bill that would extend the Border Wall an additional 700 miles and add another 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents. Still, the border is a vibrant and vital corridor, and its extremely porous nature allows not only the passage of illegal arms and drugs but also valuable ideas and projects, families and culture.
Inspired by the border’s tumultuous environment of deserts, mountains, rivers, and flow of diverse nationalities, the artists of La Frontera created 150 pieces of contemporary jewelry. The materials range from canvas, polyester, porcelain, water bottles, photos, and paint to more precious ones, such as steel, copper, silver, and gold. Cristina Celis, one of the participating artists from Mexico, explains her necklace, Dactilar, made of porcelain, gold, and silver: “The practice of erasing the information on fingers is common. Knives, acid, fire, and even surgery are some of the mechanisms that undocumented immigrants are turning to in order to erase their fingerprints and avoid deportation.” The dangers of the border are also explored in U.S. artist Julia Turner’s brooch, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch), which features red dots that refer to the NGO Humane Borders’ map identifying the places where people die while attempting to cross the border.
In his essay for the exhibition catalog, Mexican writer, Benito Taibo, poetically described the show as “conceptual art that uses the body, the neck, the wrist, and the shoulders as a canvas to shape, in all its splendor, the bewitched, the fantasy, and also the sadness that is the frontier and what it signifies. It’s a final frontier that eats its children and the children of other territories and then spits them all over the land, transforming [them] into different beings, with different passions, all in search of a place in the world.”
La Frontera includes work by three celebrated Houston jewelry artists—Edward Lane McCartney, Olga Starostina, and Demitra Thomloudis—all of whom have shown work at HCCC in exhibitions or in the Asher Gallery. HCCC Curator, Elizabeth Kozlowski, commented, “The works included in La Frontera cannot be easily categorized. There is an impressive range of techniques, materials and personal interpretations regarding border issues. The exhibition comes to Houston at the perfect time, when immigration and U.S.-Mexico relations are at the forefront of current sociopolitical issues.”
La Frontera was curated by Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt, founders of Velvet da Vinci gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Lorena Lazard, from Mexico City, who has been a practicing jewelry artist for more than 20 years. The exhibition opened at the Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City in June, 2013, to wide critical acclaim from press and visitors.
Rameen Ahmed, Pakistan | USA
Mayte Amezcua, Mexico
Eliana Arenas, Mexico | USA
William Austin III, USA | The Netherlands
Iacov Azubel, Argentina
Maria Fernanda Barba, Mexico
Brooke Battles, USA
Ela Bauer, Poland | The Netherlands
Victor Beckmann, Mexico | USA
Kristin Beeler, USA
Aline Berdichevsky, Mexico | Spain
Jesse Bert, USA | Mexico
Elvira Bessudo, Mexico
Raquel Bessudo, Mexico
Linnèa Blakèus & David Alexander Calder, Sweden | Mexico | Norway
Arturo Borrego, Mexico | Ireland
Sandra Bostock, Mexico
Alejandra Bremer, Mexico | USA
Gabriela Campo, Mexico
Jorge Castañon, Argentina
Cristina Celis, Mexico
Celeste Christie, USA
Thea Clark, USA
Kate Connell & Oscar Melara, USA
Bruno Cuervo Aceves, Mexico
Jessica Davies, USA
Alberto Dávila, Mexico
Clementine Edwards, Australia
Beate Eismann, Germany
Danielle Embry, USA
Nicolas Estrada, Colombia | Spain
Brenda Ligia Farias Lomeli, Mexico
Sol Flores, Argentina
Andrés Fonseca, Mexico Christine Forni, USA
Monica Guerra, USA
Elisa Gulminelli, Argentina
Heidemarie Herb, Germany | Italy
Thomas Hill, UK | USA
Holland Houdek, USA
Marta Hryc, Poland
Kevin Hughes, USA
Mary Frisbee Johnson, USA
Tammy Young Eun Kim, Korea | USA
Barbara Knuth, USA
Alejandra Koreck, Argentina
Claire Lavendhomme, Congo | Belgium
Lorena Lazard, Mexico
Ria Lins, Belgium
Criselda Lopez, USA
María Eugenia López, Puerto Rico | USA
Jorge Manilla, Mexico | Belgium
Alix Manon, Belgium
Carmen Marcos Martínez, Spain
Gigi Mariani, Italy
Wendy Maruyama, USA
Judy McCaig, Scotland | Spain
Edward Lane McCartney, USA
Emma Messer, USA
Molly Mitchell, USA
Katharina Moch, Germany
Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, USA
Dawn E. Nakanishi, USA
Alja Neuner, Austria
Brigid O´Hanrahan USA
Mabel Pena Argentina
Chiara Pignotti, Italy | Spain
Ramón Puig Cuyàs, Spain
Kerianne Quick, USA
Alexander Romero Reyes, Colombia
Poleta Rodete, Mexico
Jacqueline Roffe, Mexico
Zinna Rudman, Mexico
Elizabeth Rustrian, Mexico
Carmen Lucia Sandoval, Mexico
Chiara Scarpitti, Italy
Agnes Seebass, Germany | Mexico
Marina Sheetikoff, Brazil
Alejandra Solar, Mexico
Maria Solórzano, Mexico | Argentina
Martacarmela Sotelo, Mexico
Olga Starostina, Russia | USA
Rachelle Thiewes, USA
Demitra Thomloudis, USA
Sabina Tiemroth, Argentina
Julia Turner, USA
Martha Vargas, Mexico
Elizabeth Wilson, Australia |USA
Jette Zirpins, Mexico
For more information and photos of the Border Wall:
Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City
Time Out Mexico
“La Frontera” review, ★★★★, by Alejandra Villegas, 6/21/13
“La Frontera is proof that art and beauty are not at odds when trying to raise public awareness about social issues. This collection of contemporary jewelry translates ideas of social, economic and political aspects in an intelligent and subtle way.”
“La frontera de México es un collar” by Raquel Seco, 6/22/13
“Diego and Pachilú, visitors to the exhibition, are people of the border. They have lived in Nogales, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana. It is not strange to them to see immigrants hiding in the streets waiting for the opportunity to make the jump, fences and helicopters, and other complexities of living in a passage zone. But they are moved looking at the show and she sheds a tear. It is not just because they are the aunt and uncle of one of the artists, they can’t help but be touched by the experience.”
June 2013 and http://www.vogue.mx/articulos/agenda-vogue-junio-2013-ciudad-de-mexico/2505
“When art is universal it has no limits. This is demonstrated by “La Frontera,” a dialogue among different artists who use jewelry to express how they understand this geographic reality…”
“Surface Tratment: La Frontera” by Nancy Moyer, June 24th 2013
“These modestly scaled works explode with big ideas, as La Frontera offers relevant and often poignant viewpoints regarding the social, economic and transient nature of the U.S.-Mexico borderland.”
Above: (1) Cristina Celis, “Dactilar,” 2013. Neckpieces. Modeled high-temperature porcelain, 24k gold leaf, silver. 3.2 cm x 5.1 cm with different length chains. Photo by Francisco Velázquez. (2) Beate Eismann, “Landscape III,” 2012. Brooch. Copper, gold. 7.1 cm x 12.1 cm x 1.8 cm. Photo by the artist. (3) Nicolas Estrada, “Suffering,” 2013. Necklace/Collar. Silver, quartz, wood, iron. 8 cm x 8 cm x 2.7 cm. Photo by Manuel Ocaña Mascaro. (4) Tom Hill, “Milagros: Black-spotted Newt,” 2013. Pendant. Copper, enamel. Approx 7 cm x 12 cm. Photo by the artist. (5) Marta Hryc, “Symbiomorphosis: Libert,” 2013. Pendant. UV hardened resin, silver. 8.2 cm x 2.4 cm x 3 cm. Photo by Emil Stankiewicz. (6) Kevin Hughes, “Untitled,” 2013. Necklace. Plastic water jug, duct tape, silver. 10.1 cm x 15.2 cm x 4.4 cm. Photo by the artist. (7) Judy McCaig, “No-Man’s Land,” 2013. Brooch. Steel, silver, tombac, perspex, paint, Herkimer diamond, taramita. 8.8 cm x 12.6 cm x 1.5 cm. Photo by Eduard Bonnin. (8) Edward McCartney, “If Bullets Were Jewels,” 2010. Brooch. Reclaimed sterling silver and 14k gold, cubic zirconia, reclaimed red gemstone. 8.8 x 4.8 x 1 cm. Photo by Jack Zilker. (9) Nancy Moyer with Mark Clark, “Border Fence Series: Border Scenarios (Mexican View),” 2013. Reversible neckpiece. Sterling silver, digital prints, glaze, steel, rubber cord. 7cm x 24 cm x 1 cm. Photo by the artist. (10) Ramón Puig Cuyàs, “Silent Conversations Beside the Wall III,” 2012. Brooch. Nickel silver. 5.5 cm x 11 cm x 2.5 cm. Photo by the artist. (11) Kerrianne Quick, “Vicente Carrillo Fuentes alias ‘El Viceroy,’ ‘El General,’” 2013. Key Fob. Leather, steel. 10 mm x 5 mm x 0.5 mm. Photo by the artist. (12) Alejandra Solar, “Murmullos 1,” 2012. Brooch. Onyx, slate, photo transfer, silver. 7.2 cm x 10 cm x 0.7 cm. Photo by the artist. (13) Maria Solórzano, “3185cm,” 2013. Necklace. Silk thread, ceramic. 0.1 cm x 31.85 cm. Photo by Paola Lambertini. (14) Olga Starostina, “The End of a Desperate Journey…,” 2013.Brooch. Recycled aluminum, copper, leather. 10.2 x 25.4 x 1.2 cm. Photo by Cara Murray. (15) Rachelle Thiewes, “Slipstream,” 2013. Necklace. Steel, auto paint. 28.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 2.2 cm. Photo by the artist. (16) Demitra Thomloudis, ‘Reconstructed: Framed,” 2012. Brooch. Cement, sterling silver, resin, steel, pigment, thread, duck tape. 8.9 cm x 6.4 cm x 4.4 cm. Photo by Seth Papc. (17) Julia Turner , “Three Days Walking” (Mourning Brooch), 2013. Brooch. Steel pins, vitreous enamel, steel, wood. 5 cm x 5 cm x 0.7 cm. Photo by the artist. (18) Martha Vargas, “Sueño y Realidad,” 2012. Choker. Sterling silver. 24 cm x 15 cm x 1.5 cm. Photo by tempusdesign.com.mx.
This week was packed with critical craft! Posted is a link below of the lecture and events that went on. Behind Namita is our chalkboard filled with topics from our breakout sessions.
Sixth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture “Ten Years Gone: Shifts and Developments in the Field of Craft”Saturday, Apr 05, 2014
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Glassell School of Art, Ground Floor
5101 Montrose Boulevard
Presented by Namita Gupta Wiggers, director and chief curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland.
The past 10 years has witnessed significant shifts in how craft is examined, interpreted, documented, and practiced. This lecture explores the shifts and developments in the field of craft, with a specific focus on exhibitions and programs at Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. Through an examination of connections between the decorative arts and academic publishing, DIY and museums, the marketplace and education, this lecture examines how and why craft resurfaces periodically as a relevant topic in contemporary culture. As the craftscape broadens and morphs, what has shifted—and what remains stubbornly unchanged—during the past “Ten Years Gone”?
Suzanne Sippel from Asher Gallery @ HCCC wrote an amazing article in the Museum Store association magazine. I am very lucky to have her representing my work and to have my studio featured in her article!