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Melanie Denis

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I create unique pieces using unconventional and obsolete findings encased in sterling silver bases. The presence of cracked bus stop glass, old news paper articles, rusted plates, broken fishhooks and buttons give me the opportunity to perpetuate the life of these everyday use objects. A contrast is sometimes created between the imposing metallic base and the resin imprisoned images. This resin also gives a graphic glimpse at the photos and the mixed medias which are put together to create small jewel size paintings.

Furthermore, the contrast created between the different materials is omnipresent in my pieces. The fragile and ephemeral qualities of the graphics imprisoned in a transparent resin clash with the decaying and industrial aspect of metallic masses or pieces of concrete or asphalt. The idea behind this method is to give the material a neglected aspect by breaking, twisting or creasing it, creating a look which reminds us of the passing time in the world around us. The distortion of the sterling silver invites us to challenge the nature of this noble metal and how it must be presented through a high quality finish and polished workmanship.

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Jun 8 2018 - Jul 5 2018
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