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Sculptor Debra Baxter is carving her own niche

a « Remember that scene in Superman: The Movie when Clark Kent travels to the North Pole and ends up discovering his life’s purpose in the crystalline Fortress of Solitude? So does Debra Baxter. But the impact the film made on the local sculptor as a young girl lay dormant until adulthood—when she realized her own superpowers.
Over the past three years, the 37-year-old artist has earned three grants from 4Culture (King County’s cultural services agency), an Artist Trust Fellowship, a Jentel Artist Residency (in Wyoming) and a solo exhibit at Massimo Audiello gallery in New York City. In the past six months, she’s had a highly acclaimed solo show at Seattle’s (now closed) Howard House, received a rave in national Sculpture magazine and caught fire in the blogosphere—thanks in part to her recent work with quartz, a fascination she traces back to that influential 1978 movie in which crystals were the key to manifesting power.
While Baxter refuses to “trip out” on crystals in the New Age, “woo-woo” sense, she concedes that working with quartz and geodes—which she marries with wood, alabaster and metals—gives her a feeling of strength. That sensation is perhaps most visible in her 2009 piece “Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras mother******!),” a set of hand-forged brass knuckles sized for a woman’s grip and adorned with spiky crystals decidedly not of the healing sort. The humor, feminism and craftsmanship of the piece are irresistible—evidenced by the adoring bloggers who caused a photo of it to go viral last spring. Little did they know that these traits have long been hallmarks of Baxter’s work.
Raised in Nebraska by a quiltmaker mother and an anesthesiologist-turned-landscape-photographer father, Baxter earned a bachelor of fine arts degree at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and moved to Seattle in 1997 (mainly, she says, “because of the winters in Minneapolis”). After a brief stint in New York to obtain an M.F.A. from Bard College, she returned to Seattle and currently lives on Lower Queen Anne, teaches art appreciation and visual art to computer game designers at DigiPen in Redmond and sculpts in an industrial-Ballard studio.
While Baxter’s previous work has expressed a desire to feel safe (cloudscapes made of powder puffs, tissue and cotton; sculptures using inflatable life jackets and water wings), she says recently she decided to embrace her vulnerability —an acquiescence that has resulted in exposed necks and disembodied vocal cords and tongues, made of stone but seemingly also soft, pliable and naked.
Her incorporation of crystals began with the 2009 sculpture “Suck It Up (hyperventilation bag),” a paper bag made of alabaster and crimped at the neck, as if someone breathed in it to avoid passing out. On one side the bag has split, and quartz pours out like frozen panic. An asthma sufferer, Baxter incorporates breathing (or not) in her work—recently via balloons made of thin glass (whole and shattered), alabaster punching bags resembling lungs, an alabaster ventilation mask and inhaler.
The crystalline path has also led to an unexpected sideline in jewelry making—slices of geodes slung on chains and crystals jutting out of silver rings—which Baxter attributes to being “so in love with my rocks, I’m trying to figure out how to wear them.” Either that or she’s secretly perfecting her superhero costume.  » (By Brangien Davis in Seattle magazine)


Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras motherf*****)Crystal Brass Knuckles (I am going to realign your chakras motherf*****)
Crystal Brass Knuckles ( I am going to realign  your chakras mother******! )

« It is sort of a superhero tool/weapon. Most of my work is about engaging the body in some way. Calling the body to do something. My work embraces failure and fragility…though you won’t know that seeing this piece.
I have been fascinated with crystals since high school where I did a [talk] [sic] about their potential powers. Explaining how my grandpa who was an electrical engineer made a quarts crystal radio utilizing the « vibrations » of quarts. As much as I am not new agey or woo woo, crystals do have energy and powers. They seem to amplify what is already there. Crystal Brass Knuckles ( I am going to realign  your chakras mother******!) is dealing [with] [sic] this, the dichotomy of a weapon and healing device in one. And just how completely ridiculous and contradictory that is. They are made to fit a woman’s hand. There is a feminist/grrl power piece to this…and to all my work. Women engaging in their power and sexuality. » says Debra Baxter about these jewelry.




NEXT SHOW: Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery in Reno, Nevada (a group show with Seattle artists Dawn Cerny and Jenny Heishman) in October (4 Oct.-5Nov. 2010) – SCULPTURE exhibition

Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery
1664 N Virgina St
Reno, NV 89557, États-Unis
(775) 784-6658


votre « caillou », on vous le monte comment ???

« au carré » ?
Victoria TAKAHASHI- 'experimetal'  ring_a_dayBenedikt Aïchelé - bague améthyste bouquet
Victoria Takahashi « ring_a_day » challenge –  Benedikt Aïchelé - bague améthyste bouquet

« brut de décoffrage » ?
Annamaria Zanella ‘ring’  1996 (plate glass, iron, gold) Debra BAXTER crystal Brass Knuckle AOI KOTSUHIROI, rings from crystals, stones,
Annamaria Zanella ‘ring’  1996 (plate glass, iron, gold)
Debra Baxter – knuckle ring 
Aoi Kotsuhiroi (FR) ring from crystals, stones, silk thread and  Japanese urushi lacquer

enfermé, transpercé, ou libre de rouler ?
Pascale FREY- bague 'paravent' corne de taureau, argentMatthew CRAWFORD - braceletYael
Pascale FREY (FR)-  bague ‘paravent’ corne de taureau – argent
Matthew CRAWFORD- bracelet
Yael SONIA -  bracelet cage

la PERLE, « baladeuse », ou bien fixée ?
Groupe Arcanes-  huyn joung LeeGalerie SYMBIOSE - bague argent et perleAgathe Saint-Girons - bague 'je suis une princesse'Arek WOLSKI
Huyn Joung Lee  (FR)
Galerie Symbiose, Perpignan –
Agathe Saint-Girons – bague ‘je suis une princesse’
Arek Wolski

euh… « zen » ?  juste la monture alors  ? …..
Martin Margiela bague 'structure' 2008Sabine Lang - skelett ringStenia Scarselli - 2007 - anello_struttur
Maison Martin Margiela – été 2008- bague « structure »
Sabine Lang – « skelett » ring
Stenia Scarselli (IT)- 2007 – anello struttura

Et là, vous êtes SÛR que vous voulez encore une pierre ???

karl Fritschkarl Fritsch ring 19Karl fritsch_ex07_10_450
Karl  Fritsch (DE)   (quelles MERVEILLES que ses bagues !!!!!! )

Mais, surtout, les bijoux qui ont inspiré cette « joyeuse » page, la série « rocks & stones » de Joanna Gollberg  ….. comme un « bouquet final » :-)

joanna gollberg jewelryjoanna gollberg - rocks & stones- ringjoanna gollberg  - rocks & stones- 7
Joanna Gollberg – rocks & stones- rings & necklace

Plus ces TRES jolis « bouquets de pierres », parce que je ne sais pas résister ! emoticone

Damiano Tacchi- montage caillou-'bouquet'Damiano Tacchi
Claudio Tacchi (IT) – bagues



BLOG – feed your fingers ! RINGS RINGS RINGS ! ou passez-vous la BAGUE au doigt

Déjà , coup de coeur « és-bagues » pour le challenge « ring a day » (cf article) initié par EtsyMetal ( )

et là, découverte d’un blog « spécial bagues » ! :-)

que demande le peuple ???? :-)

Finnish jeweller Inni Pärnänen, who creates botanical jewellery with a geometric bent - flower ring in burnt paper & waxDebra BAXTER crystal Brass Knuckle
Inni Pärnänen (Finnish) creates botanical jewelry with a geometric bent – flower ring in burnt paper & wax
Debra Baxtercrystal « knuckle »

 jennifer culp - 2009 - copper, placebo 'tri-nessa' tabletsrings- Littlefly, by London artist Jeremy May, is a collection of 'literary jewels' made by cutting pages out of a book and laminating the sheets together
Jennifer Culp – 2009 – ring – copper, placebo ‘tri-nessa’ tablets -
Jeremy May (UK), « Littlefly », a collection of ‘literary jewels’ made by cutting pages out of a book and laminating the sheets together

ring- UK jeweller Jenny Llewellyn combines silver and silicone- inspired by the deep sea. Rings above from her 'Polyps' range. glow in the darkRui Kikuchi
Jenny Llewellyn (UK)- silver & silicone -inspired by the deep sea- Rings from her ‘Polyps’ range. AND they glow in the dark!  — Rui Kikuchi japanese jeweller delicate rings (kinetic flower series)


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