Beyond Ornament Curator Picks #3
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By Edie Carpenter
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Eliana Arenas’ eloquently designed earrings, entitled “En Mesa,” embody her exploration of “how we are able to adjust to different circumstances to create home and to live in family.” Black and white letters on paper are applied to metal and the artist notes “each material is strong and fragile at the same time.” Arenas hopes this piece, and others on view from this body of work become a protective “shield” that will help the wearer feel at home.

Eliana Arenas, En Mesa, 2018, brass, sterling silver, powder coating and newspaper, 4 x ½ x ½ inches


Kat Cole’s sculptural wall relief entitled Red City could be confused with one of the artist’s brooches, except it is larger in scale.   Its formal vocabulary based on cubes and rectangles fabricated from metal and painted with red enamel evokes a city plan with window-like openings and interstices between “buildings.” The sculpture would be a striking compliment a modern or contemporary décor with its deep hue and constructivist composition.   

Kat Cole, Red City, #3, 2018, steel and enamel, 15 x 14, 2 inches


Mi-Sook Hur receives gifts of bird feathers from friends around the world to depict in her one-of-a-kind brooches and necklaces.  These poetic works are miniature paintings in powdered glass on metal.  This painterly style of enameling was developed in Limoges, France and Hur is considered to be a master of the technique.  The feather series reflects the artist’s ongoing inspiration from nature: “I collect forms from nature.  In particular, peppers, birds, beans, sprouts and seedpods appear in my work….Nature fascinates me, as it constantly changes, repeating each season to continue the cycle of life.”

Mi-Sook Hur, Blue Feather 2, 2017, vitreous enamel on copper, sterling silver, and stainless steel pin, 2 ¼ x 2 ½ x ½ inches



Paige Hamilton Davis’s Square Bracelet is composed of four contiguous square loops of alternating black steel and silver.  The elegant design and the alternating precious and industrial metals combine in a weightless bracelet that is a contemporary and an effortless accessory.  It is one of a dozen new wearable pieces in gold, silver and semi-precious stones by Davis on view in Beyond Ornament.

Paige Hamilton Davis, Square Bracelet, 2018, steel and sterling silver, 3 x 3 x 2 inches