Sunday, February 16, 2014

The spotlight is on

I've been debating over how soon was too soon to share my art on here. I have this fear of being perceived as narcissistic; which in hindsight is almost unavoidable in having a blog. There will always be critics, and I don't have time to waste fearing what other people think. That being said, I do hope you enjoy my little creations.~

paisley brooch malachite copper nugold nickle art
paisley brooch malachite copper nugold nickle art

This is my first truly creative child. I created this playful brooch by deconstructing a paisley patter, and then reassembling it in a more dynamic composition; so that it may be displayed from any angle.
paisley brooch malachite copper nugold nickle art
Miranda Mauk, Paisley Brooch, Nu-gold Nickel Copper Malachite, 2012

cicada cast nugold pin brooch art rustic rough
cicada cast nugold pin brooch art rustic roughI am most inspired by the beauty that I see straight from nature. One of my artistic goals is to capture that raw beauty in any way that I can. Often times I find beauty in things that some find adverse, but in this fellow here, capturing what was once considered 'disgusting' in metal, now persuades others to take a closer look at whats around them.
cicada cast nugold pin brooch art rustic rough
Mianda Mauk, Cicada, Nu-gold, 2014
ring sterling silver peridot art organic beautiful sleek Now, it is never my intent to seem boastful, but this truly is my creative cultivation. This is one of my first loss wax cast rings. I used a blackening agent to enhance the depth of the trench. I love rough and organic forms, so I chose to lightly scuff the body of the ring to give it a matte finish. I high polished the rootlike webbing in order to draw the viewers eye to the stone cradled in the trench. I left a polished non-oxidized background behind the peridot in order for it's true color to shine through. 
ring sterling silver peridot art organic beautiful sleek


ring sterling silver peridot art organic beautiful sleek
Miranda Mauk, Entrenched, Sterling silver Peridot, 2014

One of the most gratifying things as an artist is to openly have your art accepted and appreciated. I create art to make things that I personally find beautiful and appealing. When others admire the same beauty in your creations, the human connection is one of the gifts that art provides. The connection of shared admiration of beauty. I was fortunate enough to have my confidence in my art restored when my ring was chosen to be the cover for Blue Room magazine; the magazine for the art department of EIU. I cannot express how elated I am to have been honored with the cover, especially with all the great submissions it was chosen from. Here's hoping this isn't my only success in the art world.~
ring sterling silver peridot art organic beautiful sleek antler magazine cover
What are some of your own creations you feel proud of? Feel free to comment and share your creative creations.






2 comments:

  1. Once again, your creativity and productivity make me feel inadequate as an artist. Nonetheless, I am inspired to continue my craft in the hopes of sharing it and inspiring additional creativity just as you have done for me.

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    1. Your kind words not only flatter me, but are the whole reason I do this. Thank you Andrew, I myself have found myself inspired by your work. Keep spreading the art love. Remember, only measure yourself by your past accomplishments, not by comparison to other people.

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