Chelsea Whitcomb

metalsmithing and jewelry

Throughout my undergraduate career, I have focused on many techniques while developing the craftsmanship needed to create complex themed pieces. With two-dimensional work, there is much less required equipment needed to master to create quality work. Without constantly learning new tools, hand motions, and specific techniques, you can’t get very far in the metals world. Since the beginning of my studies, I have been focused on learning new ways of creating metalwork that I find to be of both use and beauty to the world. And while I have only recently discovered my area of greatest interest in the work I create, I have noticed a pattern of personal style throughout my collegiate exploration of metallurgy.

Specifically, my artwork recalls the beauty of the past. A lot of my work surrounds the appreciation of age-old materials and technique. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of creating something of high quality that involves a lot of time and work to make, opposing to a lot of modern art today. The art I have created this last year focuses more on design rather than only technique being prevalent in my work. These pieces pay homage to the more classical eras of art; when art was created to enamor and impress with detail and intricacy. Classical art has always enthralled audiences and has stood the test of time. Today, when contemporary art is created, craftsmanship is not always the main concern. Hand-crafted, intricate pieces seem to be a thing of the past, as modern life offers cheap solutions and instant gratification. I have always made it a personal goal to challenge these notions.