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Catherine Minich


Born in Washington DC in 1960. Ms. Minich received her first BFA in Drama from New York University in 1981. She worked professionally as an actress for 14 years and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. She received a second BFA in metals in 1996 from Virginia Commonwealth University and recently completed her MFA in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM area of Tyler School of Art. She is currently teaching the class, "Color in Metals" at Tyler.


My interest in jewelry and body adornment stems from a desire to explore emotional change through costume, posture and environment. "Life Lights" portrays a virtual community which uses illuminated body implants to celebrate and commemorate the passage of life. "Wristwatch" is a prototype for a wearable clock that would use individual lights to mark the passage of minutes through the day, being fully illuminated my midnight and returning to dark by noon. "Origami in a Broken Cube" is an exploration of juxtaposed forms which would have been difficult or impossible to achieve through traditional jewelry media. This last consideration is an underlying consideration in all of my work. I am constantly challenged to find formal expressions unique to the digital environment.