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Sally Salkin

"What Being an Artist Looks Like" - Sally Salkin, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

"What Being an Artist Looks Like" - Sally Salkin, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

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"What Being an Artist Looks Like" - Sally Salkin, in collaboration with Daman and Marie Thompson

 

@heidilowegallery

Materials

glass, paper, sterling silver, turquoise, acrylic

Dimensions

11.2 in x 5.5 in x .15 in.

Artist Statement

This necklace, titled What Being an Artist Looks Like, symbolizes the emotions artists publicly face, due to societal expectations of what being successful means. The situation highlighted in the exhibition is one of the ways artists are often mistreated and undervalued. Unfortunately, it is an issue many makers struggle with today, in some cases, regarding only receiving recognition after their passing. Without art, society would be bleak and be run by corporations that often mistreat their workers.
While creating this piece, I considered the feelings of injustice that the Indigenous couple faced. The glass cabochons reflect blurry images of paper underneath, representing the blurred lines in Damon and Marie's agreement. I chose glass to represent the delicacy emotions bring and establish that this piece's physical nature is as fragile as the deal's outcome. The mirror pieces are for exhibition purposes, where the viewer can see their reflection and perceive the piece as what it is now, not what it was. I was always told that being an artist wouldn't make me successful, but I have created a functional piece of jewelry, which is a success for me. My goal with this piece is for people to perceive it for what it is, treat artists with grace and delicacy, and reward them appropriately when agreements are made.

Artist bio:
Sally Salkin is a multidisciplinary artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated with her Bachelors in Fine Art, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with an emphasis in jewelry and metalsmithing. She was the recent Intern at Heidi Lowe Gallery, assisting in production jewelry, one-of-a-kind pieces, and the annual Earrings Galore Exhibition. She has an interest in being involved in a community, specifically with other metalsmiths in the field. Her involvement within the community has brought her opportunities such as a technical assistant at Haystack Mountain School, President of a student organization, internships, and an upcoming workshop at Penland School.

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