About the Artist

After 25 years in corporate America a defining moment gave me the opportunity to do what I always wanted to…get my degree in Art.  Graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Metals and a minor in Fibers in 2001 was a promise fulfilled.

My metal work is almost exclusively in copper and bronze, referred to as base metals.  They contain the properties for oxidation, turning green, especially against the skin.  Silver will tarnish as well.  This constant nano-process of change is very much the real beauty of these metals.  Copper and bronze are very much the life-blood of the earth and they will always be my first passion.

My journey with these metals first began with the discovery of how they capture color and hold texture.  Later on wire became the thread and yarn of the fiber processes I also use.  I work primarily in low tech methods, creating the one-of-a-kind and by-the-hand works that speak of primitive and ancient societies and cultures within the expanding universe.  The mark of the hand was always visible, attesting to the authenticity of the maker.  Some pieces express universal symbols; some appear to have been resurrected from the bottom of the oceans or unearthed from excavations and reconstructed.  Some works appear to imbue divine spirit.  Metal has allowed me this relationship with it; we share a mutual respect, the metal granting me some of my creative input.  No matter my intent, the metal will always speak back to me, letting me know what it will or will not do.  I have been fortunate in understanding this principle.  In respecting the metals self-awareness, it has enabled me to give it further life, character and spirit.  I hope I do it justice.

Sandra Blakely


 Sandra Blakely

Sandra Blakely

Contact

info@silkrivermetals.com


Collaborators

Photography
Gus Bennett

Brand Design
The Young Never Sleep