Meghann Sottile (Arizona) 

My Crayola Crayon Sharpener

Medium/Materials: Copper, Nickel, Brass, Silver, Resin, Found Objects (Antique Newspaper Printing Block, Crayola Crayon Sharpener, and Crayola Crayons)

Dimensions: 4" x 4.25" x 7.5"

Year: 2014

Photographer: Guy Nicol

Artist Statement: 

Captivated by religious reliquaries, I’m fascinated with creating artwork that houses found objects. Historically, a reliquary is a shrine that contains relics, which are remains of holy saints. I remember attending Catholic Mass growing up and I recall two shrines that were on display, one containing a chunk of wood from Jesus’ manger and the other having a small portion of Mary’s cloak. These items were housed in beautiful, elaborately decorated vessels. These reliquaries from my childhood have become inspiration as I craft my own hallowed place for treasures that have been left behind for me to discover and cherish. In my work I create narratives using family heirlooms and prized found objects with imaginative and thoughtful attention to detail. With each piece that is created, I deliberately choose shapes, textures and colors that strengthen the storyline and history of the piece. By utilizing both traditional and contemporary metalsmithing techniques, I am able to craft ornately decorated work that gives each nostalgic item a permanent place to elevate their significance.

Biography:

Meghann Sottile earned a BFA in Metalworking and a BFA in Art Education from Arizona State University. She instructed workshops for the Eleanor A. Robb Children's Art Workshop at ASU. The past three years Sottile taught workshops on the Navajo Nations at Many Farms’ Annual Arts Festival. She was a Metals Artist in Residence at Lillstreet Art Center where she taught classes and continued to develop her craft. The artist enthusiastically attends conferences, exhibits locally and nationally and has won numerous awards. She is a member of and has been a featured artist by both the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Crafthaus. Sottile currently teaches local workshops and practices as a studio artist in her home studio in Phoenix, Arizona. www.meghannsottile.com