"Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence."
"We do not escape into philosophy, psychology, and art—we go there to restore our shattered selves into whole ones."
Inside the Studio: Audrey Peck
Our artists-in-residence are integral to our Grand Center operations. For anywhere from 3-12 months, they make a little home in our studios, and bring life and excitement to the Kranzberg Arts Center on a daily basis. Each artist brings a different energy and perspective to their residency – and we love seeing how the spaces are transformed by all of them.
Audrey Peck, our current metals artist-in-residence, is a collector. She collects twigs, stones, found metal, and various other bric-a-brac that she transforms into incredible wearable art. Her studio is full of boxes containing amazing and unexpected items, some of which end up in her work. She has a real sense for how disparate objects can work together and each of her pieces is lovingly made by hand from start to finish.
One of the things that is so striking about Audrey’s work is her sensitivity to the natural world and our relationship to it. This theme can be seen in much of her work, which utilizes wood and other natural objects she has collected in her travels. Old wood from a demolished home becomes a necklace. Rusty metal is polished and smoothed to find new life in her jewelry. This focus on repurposing and reusing materials manifests itself in truly one-of-a-kind objects.
Audrey will be crafting and teaching with us in our Grand Center studios through February 2015. Stop in to our Education Center on the lower level of the Kranzberg Arts Center to meet Audrey and check out her work and studio for yourself!