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Daniella Kerner:

Bio.

Born in 1952 in Tel-Aviv, Israel. Received a BFA in 1974, in Painting and Sculpture, from Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Canada. Received an MFA in 1977, in Metals and Jewelry, from Tyler School of Art. Currently, an Associate Professor, teaching Metals and Jewelry at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Director, Weekend Art Workshops at Tyler School of Art, from 1983 until present. Recipient of numerous awards and grants including a 1988 NEA funded SNAG Research Grant for Casting and Anodizing Aluminum and Platinum Design Award from Johnson Matthey in 1981. Exhibitions include most recently, Defining Craft, the American Crafts Museum, New York. Permanent collections include the National Park Service, Congregation Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, and the collection of Helen Williams Drutt English.

 

Statement

The research and design challenges of creating a piece motivates me. I enjoy problem solving. Seeing the final, completed object is very satisfying. The piece represents, for me, the culmination of information acquired and of choices made. The middle stage, or physical making of a piece, has never really held my interest. I work too slowly to produce all the ideas I wish to explore. The values associated with demonstrating "craftsmanship" have always been secondary to my desire to express concepts.

Computer technology is an inescapable influence. Early on the computer was my design/drawing tool. Today, computer technology, is not simply a tool. To view it as such misses the point and the potential value to the artist. It is enabling me to manipulate forms, images, relationships, but most importantly, realize ideas I have never been able to accomplish before. CAD/CAM is allowing me to create fantastic forms and exciting surfaces in a material I love to work with; plastics. The ability to accurately create detail and complexity, without having to physically devote precious time to tedious physical labor, answers my desire to eliminate the "middle".

Mag-5, a Brooch, began with the notion of trying to visualize "passion". I wanted to create a piece to be worn on the body where a significant element was suggested, but hidden from the viewer. Eliminating the need for heavy fabric support and a pin stem that perforated clothing, were the design challenges. I used the simplicity of magnets as a mechanism for attachment to clothing, and to signify the strong attraction between the two forms. This piece contains many of the elements that I love to explore symbolism, the creation of unique forms that interlock, and the investigation of new materials.