The experience was profound for Stankwytch Bailey, a contemporary metalsmith who is inspired by the way the larger aspects of this life are dependent and influenced by the smaller elements.
“I inspect the world in great detail and have always collected shells, seed pods, stones and interesting organic elements. My studio often resembles a laboratory with trays of collected specimens lined in rows. Whether by fear and fascination, disgust or admiration I am constantly moved by life. From the minuscule piece of reef collected on the shore to the enormous sadness evoked by the many inequalities that exist I am constantly inspired.”
In the video below, the artist talks briefly about what it takes to make a living as an artist. While her portfolio is more diverse than the pieces I’ve chosen to feature, I find the oval and circular shapes, texture marks and subtle oxidation of the metal on these pieces quieting and soothing.