Anne Havel

Assemblages Series: Snakes in the River

Medium/Materials: Enamel, graphite, copper, 18k gold, 14kt gold, sterling, brass, vanadinite, stainless

Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.5 x .75 inches

Year: 2015

Photographer: Larry Sanders

Artist Statement: 

I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts. My unconscious issues, apparently, are the undisputed project manager at all times.

Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular level shapes, mathematical pursuits. As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving the battle for dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence through abstract drawings.

Having participated in events related to war, the environment, and human rights, each series consists of multiple pieces, all grouped around a specific theme, with the goal of offering a platform to invite the viewer into a space of speculation and hopefully, discussion.

I create the drawings either with dental tools scratching through hardened liquid enamel, graphite drawings on acid-etched enamel, or other methods of black or white line creation. Successive torch-firings render the drawings permanent, in addition to adding color layers. After the enamel piece is complete, a setting is built to hopefully unify the subject matter with the connected objects, where I rely on my definition of beauty, first and foremost, to attract and connect the observer.

Artist Biography:

Anne has been an independent studio artist for 15 years, teaching workshops and exhibiting in juried fine craft shows.

Her work is and has been included in numerous exhibitions, collections, and publications. Most recent, Materials: Hard & Soft, Art Jewelry Today 4, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist's “How to Enamel Jewelry”, Enamel Arts Foundation acquisitions for their permanent collection, Alchemy3, the Juried International Enamel Exhibition of The Enamelist Society.

Anne is currently Treasurer of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and The Enamelist Society.

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