East Tennessee State University and the Slocumb Galleries present the latest in a series of exhibitions from graduating fine art students. "Murmurations", appearing on campus from Nov. 12 - 21, features the sculptural jewelry of metalsmith Emily Eversgerd. A public reception will be held on Friday, Nov 16 from 5-7 PM.
While precious and non-precious metals are the mainstay of her designs, Eversgerd enjoys using a variety of other materials as well - such as rawhide, linen, and tulle - each chosen for its specific qualities. She also places a strong emphasis on the connection between creator and creation by using techniques which display the element of the hand, such as stitching, weaving, and forging.
Aesthetically, her work strikes a fine balance between strength and beauty, combining her own meticulous style and unconventional material choices with the elegant forms found in the natural world. By reducing natural forms to their most basic elements, she hopes to bring attention to the complex structure and design already found there.
Eversgerd is a local artist and will be graduating from ETSU this December with her Bachelor of Fine Art degree. Her work has earned national recognition through scholarships from both the Society of North American Goldsmiths, and the Women's Jewelry Association. She has also received many state and local honors including a Merit Award at the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists' biennial exhibition, and Best in Show at the 2012 Student Honors Show on ETSU's campus.
The Slocumb Galleries are located on the first floor of Earnest C. Ball Hall, ETSU campus, Johnson City, TN. They are open Monday - Friday from 8 AM - 4:30 PM and all events are free and open to the public.
- a single, indistinct sound created by the simultaneous collaboration of multiple voices or sounds, like the rustling of a thousand pairs of wings.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
- Albert Einstein
Some have theorized that the existence of our world and everything in it is the result of blind, impersonal chance. As for myself, I am thoroughly convinced of the absurdity of such claims when I am surrounded by the marvelous complexities of the natural world. For how can I, having been taught to seek out and appreciate the workmanship in man-made things, ignore the overwhelming evidence of structural and aesthetic design in the natural world?
I have chosen to focus my work on the idea of bringing these natural design elements out of obscurity and translating them into a more universal language where they cannot be disregarded. The form of jewelry is particularly suited to this as it shares a unique bond with the wearer. This unification of object and human provides the work with a distinct means of communication.
Aesthetically, I am drawn to simplicity, preferring to work in a palette of only a few separate elements, using repetition of form or material to create detail and complexity. By eliminating 'excess' information wherever possible, I activate the viewer's imagination and, as a result, the mind and soul as well.
On a technical level, I prefer to use techniques which directly employ the hand of the artist in the mark-making process. To me, the placement of each stitch, each hammer blow, each burn mark, is a unique fingerprint, a visible memory of touch. I wish to emphasize this inherent connection between creator and creation so that we may begin to recognize it in the world around us.
Too often to we ignore or trivialize the vastly complicated engineering and design which exist within every molecule of our universe. The mere fact that such precise and predictable principles as mathematics or chemistry even exist is a testament to the supreme orderliness and intentionality of our world.
"In the beginning God created..."
- Genesis 1:1