Intertwined - Brooch
Medium/Materials: Free cast aluminum, leather, cotton thread
Dimensions: 2.25 x 2.5 inches
Casting has always been my favorite metalsmithing process. It was during experimentation with free casting aluminum that I came to discover and appreciate aluminum as a material of unexpected beauty. Over the years I’ve come up with several techniques for cold connecting aluminum. Piercing aluminum parts and stitching them to leather has become my primary process and visual language for expressing my ideas. This peculiar connection technique bears a special meaning to me, showing that hard and soft materials don’t necessarily have to contradict each other but rather can be intertwined and represent two sides of the same entity.
Olga Starostina is a Houston Metal and Mixed Media artist, born in Moscow, who works primarily with recycled aluminum. Starostina studied metalsmithing at the Glassel School of Art under Sandie Zilker. She is currently a full-time studio artist in Houston, TX. Starostina has exhibited throughout the United States Canada and Mexico at the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, Mexico, Indiana University, Kokomo, Indiana, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA, SNAG, Toronto, Canada, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX, and the Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX. Starostina’s work is in a number of private collections throughout Texas.