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Christina Parkin

MFA Thesis Exhibition

May 1995

Christina ParkinOriginally from Smithtown, NY, I received my BA from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo in Studio Art with a concentration in drawing and painting in 1989. I also received my NY State Teaching Certificate from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo in Art Education that same year. I held a full time teaching position at Gowanda Junior / Senior High School, Gowanda, NY for two years. While teaching, I continued to take jewelry / metal courses at SUNY College at Buffalo and in 1991 I moved to Philadelphia to continue my education at Temple University, Tyler School of Art. After studying full time for one year as a non -matriculated student, I was accepted into the metals/jewelry graduate program.

The following exhibition exemplifies a portion of three years of technical and creative research (and soul searching) under the guidance of Stanley Lechtzin and Vickie Sedman. Educating myself and others has always been as important to me as creating. I have focused on producing jewelry that reflects the most current trends in our society through both process and design, and attempts to teach the viewer something about the world he/she lives in.

I spent my first year of graduate school at my bench using traditional processes and materials. I had a tortuous time figuring out what it was that I wanted to say with my work. To me, it had all been done. Everything I did looked like something I had seen before and nothing excited me. I began carving delron, casting sterling and cold joining the two to create objects. These pieces needed extreme precision in order to assemble them properly. While I was fighting with process and materials, I was also beginning CAD (Computer Aided Design) classes simply out of curiosity. One day, something clicked. Why on earth was I feverishly trying to do something by hand that the computer could do easily and efficiently. That was the day I moved my bench to the computer lab.

Since then, my reasons for working this way have become more complex and my work has changed dramatically. I believe that what I am doing will keep me alive and active in this field and in education for quite a while. The computer is becoming a greater part of our world everyday. Universities and public school alike are finding funding for computers when they don't have it for anything else. The Internet is quickly becoming a major vehicle for communication, without waiting for the delay of the US Post al Service or dealing with a busy signal or no answer at all on the telephone. (I am founding editor of a discussion group, Acmet-l, which I began on the Internet last year and which is quite active for metalsmiths internationally.) With computers all around us, why not create one of a kind 3D objects in a similar manner? Why fight the inevitable? I am not trying to say that there is no longer room for innovative hand work. I do, however, feel that we, as metalsmiths, have been stagnant for years and need revitalization. This is just one of many possible avenues.

This series of bracelets has been created with these factors in mind. With a new technique also comes a new aesthetic. I am attempting to take advantage of what is available to me; carefully trying not to use these tools to imitate traditional processes. The following pieces are one of a kind virtual bracelets that have been created using 3D modeling and photorealistic rendering software. These virtual objects will only be displayed in this virtual gallery. This is the first show of this kind in the metals field. My research also includes making "virtuals" into "hard objects" through Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM). I welcome any comments or questions.

You can contact me through: crafts@blue.temple.edu


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#1 Diamond Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#2 Diamond Series
[Corian]

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#3 Diamond Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#1 Wing Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#2 Wing Series
[Acrylic]

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#1 Rectangle Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#2 Rectangle Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#3 Rectangle Series
[Anodized Aluminum]

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#1 Loop Series
[Acrylic]

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#2 Loop Series
[Anodized Aluminum]