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Michael Zindell

Bio:

Born in 1974 in Elkins Park, Pa. Earned BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Tyler School of Art. Earned MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art. During my time at Tyler, I embraced the use of CAD as a means of personal expression within my craft. Since graduating I have continuously developed my personal work via solids modeling and RP applications. While pursuing my own artistic endeavors I also utilize my computer skills as a designer for the Franklin Mint, where I am currently employed as Jewelry Products manager and Solids Modeler. My responsibilities include design and development of jewelry and jewelry related products, supplying creative briefs to outside artists and vendors, tracking and management of all related programs, production of photo-realistic images of virtual products for evaluation, implementation of solids modeling to be output via in-house Sanders machine.

Statement:

The work presented here consists of a series of containers designed to hold the vows that commemorate and symbolize the commitment between two people. These objects are a direct response to the need for gay coupleís to convey their connection to each other. In my opinion, the basis of gay commitment is different from that of a traditional marriage. It has itís own autonomy. The institution of gay commitment is in its essence totally unique; I have created objects that try to speak to that uniqueness.

The forms I arrive at have evolved out of the simple notion of mating.

However, each side of these objects is gender neutral, they have been designed to mate as perfect clones.

Unlike velcro or nuts and bolts, neither half of these containers is "male" nor "female", but an exact equal with itís mate. Individually they are physiologically identical. The inspiration for the shapes, forms and layout are derived from varied sources, most of them chemical and biological in origin. Recently I have been gaining inspiration from the following: microbiology, molecular interaction, internal organs and structures, cellular division, the interlocking puzzle of the DNA helix, and the geometry and structure of life. When the halves of these vessels are joined my inspiration draws from the spiritual side of making a union. The achievement of unity and balance, microcosms within macrocosms, and the sublime notion of two perfect halves of a perfect whole, are ideas that help me in the creation of these vessels.

Hopefully these objects are a new medium for two people to express their unique bond in a way that the traditional gold rings of matrimony cannot. A union of two people goes beyond the value of precious metal.

These containers speak to the means by which two individuals can become a unified whole.