Like Victorians memorialized their loved ones in the historic pieces known as “mourning jewelry”, my Widget Lockets are a homage to a “dying” or near-outdated technology, such as objects that incorporate current images of vanity or short snippets of current headlines that scroll across computer screens and smart phones. At first glance, the object appears to be a precious item made from metal, as to fool one into thinking it is merely a highly personal, beautiful object. However, opening the piece reveals an unexpected screen snapshot of images that parlay technology and how it consumes our personal lives.
Patricia Sullivan is a metalsmith and studio artist – living in the suburbs of Philadelphia across the great Delaware River in Southern New Jersey for the past 15 years. She spent seven years prior, living in both New York City and the Hudson Valley, New York, studying at Parsons School of Design, moving onward to receive a second degree (post-graduate) in Fine Arts/Metals at SUNY New Paltz. A Philadelphia native, Patricia was exposed to the arts and music of this region since a young age, receiving her first Bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia before her sojourn to New York began. Patricia has exhibited her artwork nationally. Recently, Ms. Sullivan was one of only thirty-four artists worldwide to exhibit her work at the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design as part of being selected for Metalsmith magazine's prestigious annual "Exhibition in Print - Moved by Metal."