Monday, September 01, 2008

The Art of Integrity

Sue Aygarn-Kowalski, Metalsmith
New Bedford, MA
"O" Brooch, Sterling Silver-2006
"Striking Tools", Wood, Plastic, Steel, Copper, Brass, Bronze, Sterling and Gold
I had the great honor of knowing Sue Aygarn-Kowalski while she was sharpening her metalsmith skills here in the Midwest. Now based in New Bedford, MA, Sue continues to bloom as a dedicated artist who brings a depth of honesty to her work that is of immeasurable worth. She is devoted to learning and exploring her art, and to communicating what she has learned through her work as a Preparator and Educator at the Fuller Craft Museum and exhibitor at such prestigious galleries as Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA. Sue's jewelry and sculptures feature sensuous organic forms such as primal fertile pods and gently curling leaves. Her handcrafted tools include striped Tim Burton-esque mallets and stylized striking tools with distinct personalities. All of her work reflects her steely work ethic, her wickedly quick wit and her charmingly child-like wonder. It is tough, tenacious and tender. And it is a signpost, a vivid spark of more brilliant work to come from a very spirited artist. >>continue>>

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