Artists_50 Valerie Mitchell
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Valerie Mitchell

Artist Statement

FOR 20 YEARS I HAVE FOCUSED ON THE FORM OF STRUCTURE, WHERE IT COMES FROM AND ITS APPLICATION. THE TRUTH IN THE REPETITION OF NATURAL STRUCTURE REFLECTS LIFE, ECHOS OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. I AM MOTIVATED BY THE UNIVERSALITY THAT REPEATED FORMS TAKE AS THEY GROW IN VARIOUS LIVING PROCESSES.
I WORK IN MY DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES AND HIGH DESERT STUDIOS FULL TIME, CREATING ONE OF A KIND AND LIMITED PRODUCTION JEWELRY AND OBJECTS.
MY ONE OF A KIND, SCULPTURAL JEWELRY IS BASED ON MICROSCOPIC STRUCTURE OF ORGANIC FORMS, INTERPRETING THE UNDULATING PROCESS OF BIOLOGICAL GROWTH. PIECES MAY BE HAND CARVED, COPPER ELECTROFORM AND SURFACED WITH PATINAS OR HIGH FIRE ENAMEL OR CEMENT IS POURED INTO FORMS CONSTRUCTED WITH 18K GOLD, SILVER AND EMBEDDED MATERIALS, A DICHOTOMY OF INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIC FORM.
THE BOTANIC COLLECTION OF LIMITED PRODUCTION, HANDMADE JEWELRY REPRESENTS AN ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION OF PLANT STRUCTURE, HAND CARVED, CAST AND CONSTRUCTED IN 18K GOLD, SILVER AND BRASS. THE PINNATE AND EUCALYPTUS SERIES REFLECT HOW LEAVES GROW ALTERNATE OR COMPOUND ON A STEM, AS DOES THE TINY LEAF OF THE DESERT PALO VERDI TREE. THE CEDAR SERIES, ONE OF MY CLASSIC DESIGNS, IS INSPIRED BY THE AERODYNAMIC SEED POD FALLING FROM THE GIANT INCENSE CEDAR TREE IN THE SIERRAS.
TO WALK AND PICK UP A LEAF AND STUDY ITS SHAPE IS THE BEGINNING OF INSPIRATION, TO LOOK CLOSE AND SEE ITS ABSTRACTED STRUCTURE IS MY DEPARTURE.