Marilyn da Silva’s new collection of work will be on exhibit at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge Massachussetts from May 8th – June 5th. For these sculptures da Silva utilizes a unique method of drawing on copper that she developed, using gesso and colored pencils to color surfaces that have been hammered, fabricated, etched or chased.
copper, sterling silver, bronze, wood, gesso, colored pencil, printer’s ink
7″h x 10″w x 12″d
Beauty Secrets, detail
The Trouble with Magic
copper, sterling silver, bronze, wood, gesso, colored pencil, paint
7 1/2″h x 11″w x 13″d
Each sculpture explores surreal and dream-like situations and many incorporate birds as metaphors for everyday experiences. da Silva’s previous body of work includes etchings that depict birds in their natural environments with removable birds that can be worn as brooches.
Shadowbox panel with removable brooches
“Birds have been an integral part of my work since 1999. They act as metaphors for everyday experiences, from personal to universal, in my sculptures and wearable pieces. I do not think of myself as a bird watcher and believe that birds spend more time observing us.” Marilyn da Silva
Marilyn da Silva is a professor and program chair in jewelry and metal arts at California College of the Arts. Her work is in several permanent collections.