|Miranda Mauk, Paisley Brooch, Nu-gold Nickel Copper Malachite, 2012|
I 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.
|Mianda Mauk, Cicada, Nu-gold, 2014|
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.
|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.~
What are some of your own creations you feel proud of? Feel free to comment and share your creative creations.