As a centuries old art form, metal work has experienced a continuing evolution. The material and its properties have been constructed in a variety of ways and jeweler, Catherine Grisez is honoring this tradition with her decorative, conceptually intriguing works.
Her unique shapes convey a contrast between the physicality of the work and the surreal aspect that they display. While works at most times begin as a traditional shape, they open and morph with both texture and patina, creating a complex and visually astounding work. An unexpected moment of energy that seeps up and out of the piece.
In her recent show at Traver Gallery in Seattle, WA, her various works exhibited a more extensive exploration away from these traditional shapes.
Although the gallery was filled with her familiar vases and vessels, she had also created wall pieces as well as a large installation work. Leaf Installation was a community engagement piece in which Grisez invited members to attend and create their own copper leaf to add to the installation. The leaves are both piled on the floor and suspended from the ceiling, the feeling of falling. Grisez's great love and interest of nature inspired the piece, and asserts a conversation about the passage of time.
Grisez's formulation of the metallic surface is reminiscent of sculptors such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini from the Italian Renaissance. The surface smooth and malleable, showcasing the soft touches of impressions, every line and weight accounted for. Although a vastly more contemporary subject matter, Grisez's beautiful technique allows the mind to look at metal as anything but hard.