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RU Professor's Metalsmithing Featured at Georgia Southern


Pack's work as seen on display at Georgia Southern University


Radford University’s associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry Alison Pack’s art is part of an invitational contemporary jewelry and small metals exhibition at Georgia Southern University.

Georgia Southern University is holding an exhibition called “Convergence: Survey of Contemporary Jewelry & Small Metals.” It features jewelry designs by five metalsmiths, including Pack and is an invitational exhibition that showcases contemporary metalsmithing ranging from representational traditional works to those that challenge the notion of jewelry and function.

Radford alumna and professor of metals at Georgia Southern Christina Lemon recommended Pack for inclusion in the show. Lemon graduated in 1990 with a Bachelors of Fine Art with concentration in metalwork and jewelry, and received her master’s from East Carolina University.

Lemon brought up Pack for consideration for the exhibit saying, “…[I] have admired her forms and process for many years. Her use of paint on the surface of metal forms offers a unique departure from traditional patination on metal and other coloration processes used in metalsmithing.”

Gallery director and assistant professor at Georgia Southern Marc Mitchell says, “I was immediately struck by [Pack’s] work – as it was atypical in relationship to all of the other objects I was looking at. Often, many artist working in Professor Pack's field, create functional or sculptural jewelry.”

He explains that Pack creates small sculptures that explore complex and interesting notions of felinity and sexuality. He finds her choice of materials and methods, such as working with bronze that is often used in the creation of monumental works, very intriguing.

“This automatically creates an interesting relationship because of the scale of her work (i.e. small objects). Then to take it a step further – she covers the material with paint/etc. that conceals the material and makes it look like something else (ice cream, cupcakes, etc.). I really liked how all of these elements (material, content, presentation) all worked to create very cohesive and engaging objects.”

The exhibition is on display from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8 at Georgia Southern University. To learn more about the exhibition visit http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/blog/2013/10/07/jewelry-exhibition/.  For more information about Pack, please visit http://www.radford.edu/content/cvpa/home/art/faculty---staff/alison-pack.html.

Oct 21, 2013
Elizabeth Dreher

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