A big "thank you" to my Kickstarter backers! You have made it possible for me to create "Elk Ridge Dig", the centerpiece installation for my solo exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids. The exhibit also includes more than 70 individual pieces ranging in size from large bison skulls down to tiny bat skulls. It will run from Oct. 30, 2015 through Jan. 17, 2016.
Mink Stole Sculpture made of 82 mink skulls woven together with pearls and seed beads, with hammered copper clasp.
"Sandra Wilcoxon’s “Mink Stole” is a warmth-less wrap made of ... bejeweled mink skulls, a memento mori for the ... animals slaughtered for clothing and decoration."
--Washington Post, May 17, 2012
Cresated for an exhibit titled "Creature Comforts: Artists' Statements on Life's Luxuries" at Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Virginia. On exhibit at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan from Oct. 31, 2015 through Jan. 17, 2016.
Embellished Bones A series of beaded skulls ranging in size from a small songbird to a bison bull. The beads are selected to add whimsy, color and texture to these natural sculptures. The designs also accentuate some of the best features of the skulls, calling attention to fissures that look like a winding riverbed, angular planes like glacier-carved rock, and openings that mimic cavern openings. I want to honor the spirit of the animal; I want the viewer to have fun and respond with a sense of humor or intrigue.
TribLocal wrote a story about this unique artwork--read it all at this link.
To see a slide show of the skull series, click here.
Coming Home: Sandra Wilcoxon Solo exhibit in Race Street Gallery, welcoming back the first executive director of the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Sandra Wilcoxon. The exhibit features more than 70 pieces, including the premieres of "Elk Ridge Dig"--an 'arteological' installation comprising more than 80 skulls and bones--and "Out of Africa," honoring antelopes of the grasslands. Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts Grand Rapids, MI October 31, 2015 - January 17, 2016 Click here for more information
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