Our natural tendency to seek out patterns results in a sensitivity to the congruities in biological forms. Deliberate exploitation of these phenomena results in objects that are both ambiguous and evocative. Some are organs removed from the body in which they once belonged, revealing structures with unknown functions. Others are complete specimens tagged with labels. Signs of dissection as well as taxonomy provide evidence of attempts to demystify these new organisms. However, this approach leaves many unanswered questions and highlights the inherent ethical compromise in these methods of understanding.
2005-2008 MFA in Jewelry and Metal Arts, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US
2000-2004 BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, US
2013 Award of Excellence, American Craft Council Fair, San Francisco, CA, US
2011 Finalist, Raphael Founder’s Prize, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, US
2011 Special Jurors’ Prize, “South Seas”, juried jewelry exhibition, Friends of Carlotta, Zurich, Switzerland
2017 Solo exhibition, “Misanthropogenic Extinction”, Harlan Gallery, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, US
2014 Solo exhibition, “Fruits of My Labor”, Beyond Fashion, Antwerp, Belgium.
2011 Solo exhibition, “Nomen Dubium”, Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, TN, US
2016 Personal collection, Marjan Unger & Gerard Unger
2016 Permanent collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, US