Andrew Meers

Running for Shelter

Medium/Materials: Steel, copper, gold, cubic zirconia

Dimensions: 4 x 12 x 10 inches

Year: 2015

Artist Statement: 

Making objects is a way for me to explore various techniques, processes and illustrative themes. I take inspiration from handcrafted objects as well as the intrinsic qualities of materials both natural and refined. The traditional forms, forged steel, and embellished objects in Japanese metalwork inform my practice. In my current work, which appropriates the formal and narrative techniques of the Japanese Reliquary, I have been working in inlaid holloware. These shrines memorialize the everyday, serving as semi-permanent documents for ephemeral moments such as walks with friends and catching dragonflies in the woods.

Artist Biography:

Originally from the Boston area, Andrew Meers has a BFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and received his MFA in Blacksmithing/Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Having earned his American Bladesmithing Society Mastersmith rating. Currently Andrew is living in Philadelphia, and is a former Artist in Residence at The National Ornamental Metal Museum.