Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a ripple is a wave

A beautiful piece that crossed my path a week or so ago. Beautifully organic, ornate, sensual and magical.
Jennifer Trask
'Umi' Wall piece
17th/18th/19th century frame fragments, antler, bone (various), graphite slab, 22K and 23.75K green and rose gold leaf, and resin

 Baroque splendor reigns in Jennifer Trask’s unique wall pieces, a combination of her fascination with organic materials such as bone and her fondness for antique found objects. Mimicking the most regal of mirrors, 'Umi', a polished graphite slice, pierced with an antler, is set in seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth-century gold-leafed frame fragments. Evocative of its name ('Umi' means wave in Japanese) the highly stylized leaf forms on the frame resemble waves. Trask drew her inspiration from the water imagery of Hokusai and the contemporary seascapes of Sugimoto.

 Trask’s received her MFA from the prestigious Metalsmithing program at SUNY New Paltz. Her work is part of the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas. In 2011 she was named Fellow in Sculpture/Crafts by the New York Foundation in the Arts.

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