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ARTIST STATEMENT & RESUME

Valerie Mitchell
STATEMENT  FOR 20 YEARS I HAVE FOCUSED ON THE FORM OF STRUCTURE, WHERE IT COMES FROM AND ITS APPLICATION. THE TRUTH IN THE REPETITION OF NATURAL STRUCTURE REFLECTS LIFE, ECHOS OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. I AM MOTIVATED BY THE UNIVERSALITY THAT REPEATED FORMS TAKE AS THEY GROW IN VARIOUS LIVING PROCESSES. I WORK IN MY DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AND HIGH DESERT STUDIOS FULL TIME, CREATING ONE OF A KIND AND LIMITED PRODUCTION JEWELRY AND OBJECTS.
MY ONE OF A KIND, SCULPTURAL JEWELRY IS BASED ON MICROSCOPIC STRUCTURE OF ORGANIC FORMS, INTERPRETING THE UNDULATING PROCESS OF BIOLOGICAL GROWTH. PIECES MAY BE HAND CARVED, COPPER ELECTROFORM AND SURFACED WITH PATINAS OR HIGH FIRE ENAMEL OR CEMENT IS POURED INTO FORMS CONSTRUCTED WITH 18K GOLD, SILVER AND EMBEDDED MATERIALS , A DICHOTOMY OF INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIC FORM.
THE BOTANIC COLLECTION OF LIMITED PRODUCTION, HANDMADE JEWELRY REPRESENTS AN ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION OF PLANT STRUCTURE, HAND CARVED, CAST AND CONSTRUCTED IN 18K GOLD, SILVER AND BRASS. THE PINNATE AND EUCALYPTUS SERIES REFLECT HOW LEAVES GROW ALTERNATE OR COMPOUND ON A STEM, AS DOES THE TINY LEAF OF THE DESERT PALO VERDI TREE. THE CEDAR SERIES, ONE OF MY CLASSIC DESIGNS, IS INSPIRED BY THE AERODYNAMIC SEED POD FALLING FROM THE GIANT INCENSE CEDAR TREE IN THE SIERRAS. TO WALK AND PICK UP A LEAF AND STUDY ITS SHAPE IS THE BEGINNING OF INSPIRATION, TO LOOK CLOSE AND SEE ITS ABSTRACTED STRUCTURE IS MY DEPARTURE.

Multi edge pod/split cell pendant. Hollow
copper with high fire enamel and sterling.
Pod drop 2.25", neck 18"

RESUME

VALERIE MITCHELL Resume (Not Updated) 

EDUCATION:
Master of Fine Arts, Light Metals/Jewelry, 1984, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Bachelor of Science, Art Education, 1977, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS/AWARDS:
CRA/LA
Public commission for 40 Light pole Medallions, Downtown Arts District, Los Angeles, CA 2012
Oakland Museum of Fine Arts, Oakland, CA
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
American Crafts Council, Award of Excellence, '99
Ornament Magazine, 1st Place Award, '84
SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2004 Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE "Bridging, structure to form"
2003 IMEC Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2000 Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, AZ
1998 Nancy Sachs Gallery, St. Louis, MO
1997 Jewelerswerk Galerie, Washington, DC
Barnsdall Art Center, Los Angeles, CA, 12 yr. retrospective
1993 Objects of Desire Gallery, Louisville, KY and 1992
1992 Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
1986 Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
1985 The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1979 Artworks Gallery, Hartford, CT "Shining-Jewelry From My Environment"
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2012 National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, “13th Biennial Intʼl Enamel Exhibit”
Taboo Studio, San Diego, CA, “Color and Form”
2011 Arrowmont School of Art, TN; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN, “13th Biennial Intʼl Enamel Exhibit”, catalog.
2010 Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA , “Brooching the Subject”
Freehand Gallery, Los Angeles, CA , “ Freehand@Thirty”
2009 Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, “Craft In America”
2008 Cranbrook Art Museum, MI, ʻCraft in Americaʼ, 8 museum touring exhibit and book
Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA, “New West Coast Design”
Oakland Museum of Art Collectors Gallery, CA, NCEG Exhibit “Transformed by Fire”
Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME, ʻSet in Cementʼ
MJ Higgins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, “The Landscape Show”
2007 Centre for the Arts, Pico Rivera, CA "Sculptural Metalsmithing" 4 person exhibit
Mingei Museum of Art, San Diego, CA “Craft in America” touring exhibit
2006 Aaron Faber Gallery, NYC "Investigating Space"
Richmond Art Center, 8th Int'l Juried Enamel Exhibit, NCEG, Richmond, CA
2005 Gallery Suum, Seoul, Korea "Artful Jewelry"
Racine Art Museum, Racine WI "Magnificent Extravagance.."
Thomas Riley Gallery, Woodmere, OH "In Print/In Person" enamel show
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinberg, TN "Metamorphosis" Int'l Enamel Society
2003 Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA "The Art of California Gold"
Palo Alto Art Center, CA "Enamel Masters"
SOFA/Chicago, SNAG/Exhibition in Print
2002 Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA "Functional Fine Art"
Objects of Desire Gallery, Louisville, KY, 4 person show
2000 Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA "Structure, Symbol & Substance"
Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA. 4 person show
Paula Brown Gallery, Toledo, Ohio. 2 person show
1999 Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA. "California Metalsmiths.."
1997 Mobilia Gallery,Cambridge, MA "Three Generations..."
Galeria Hipotesi, Barcelona, Spain "New Jewellery From the USA"
Lesley Craze Gallery, London, England "New Jewellery..."
Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT "The Environmental Bead", catalog.
Susan Cummins Gallery, "Jewelry for the Opera"; '96 "Issues/ Intent: American Metalwork"
1996 Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA "The Art of Taking Risks", '95 "Art Jewelry: Historical View"
Brand Gallery, Santa Ana, CA "2nd Annual Sculpture Exhibition", 4 person show
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland "Contemporary American Jewelry”
1995 Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI "Double Vision", also at Gallery I/O, LA;
Natl. Ornamental Museum; Arkansas Arts Center; and Weisman Museum. Catalog
Sun Valley Center Gallery, Ketchum, ID "Material Nature: Process/Product
Mobilia Gallery, MA "One of a Kind, American Art Jewelry Today"
1994 The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA "Jewels and Gems: Collecting California Jewelry"
Susan Cummins Gallery, Mill Valley, CA "California Jewelers"
1993 Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, IL. "American Jewelers"
Racine Art Musuem, Racine, WI. "American Jewelers", brochure
1992 Gallery Tiller, Vienna, Austria "Jewelry of the New World"
1990 Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, CA. "Progressive Metals"
1987 Gallery Kunsthandwerk, Berlin, W. Germany "Hals Arm Ohr; 25 x Junger Schmuck Int'l."
1996 Long Beach Museum of Art, CA. "Enamels International", brochure
Downey Museum of Art, CA. "Contemporary Metals"
1984 Int. Handwerksmesse, Munich, W. Germany "Schmuck und Gerat 1959-1984", catalog
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Craft in America, Lauria, Jo; Fenton, Steve. 2007:Potter Pub. book
500 Enamelled Objects, 2009, Lark Books
500 Pendants, 2008, Lark Books
The Art of Jewelry Design, Kruprenia, Debra.1997: Quarry Books/Rockport Pub. book
One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today, Lewin, Susan Grant.1994: Harry Abrams, Inc. book
944 Magazine, Art & Architecture issue, Oct. 2009, 19
Metalsmith Magazine, Exhibition In Print, vol.23 (4) 2003; Review-Spring 1999, 45;
Exhibition in Print, Spring 1995, 53; Spring 1994, 46
American Craft magazine, July 1999, 74-75 Focus; Sept. 1995, vol.55 (4), 66, review
Art Week newsmagazine, Nov. 1995, article " Body Art"
Ornament magazine, Reviews -vol.21(2) 1997, 19; vol. 15(4) 1992, 33; vol.12(1) 1988, 13.
Features -vol.33(3) 2010, 38-41; vol.12(4) 1989, 50-55.
Articles -vol.17(2) 1993, 73; vol. 5(1) 1991, 39; vol.8(1)1984, 60
GZ European Jeweler magazine, Nov. 1992, 80
Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Oct. 8, 1989, 28-29, feature
Los Angeles Downtown News, weekly, Dec. 2, 2002, feature
Alchemy, catalog to 13th Biennial Intʼl Juried Enamel Exhibition, 2011, The Enamelist Society
VALERIE MITCHELL, Los Angeles, Resume