Pinned by Metal Six
Featuring Brigitte Clavette, Kristyn Cooper, Kristen Bishop, Audrée St-Amour, and Erica Stanley
January 14 – February 25, 2023
Launch and Artist Talk: February 4 at 1:00 p.m.
AX is pleased to host Pinned by Metal Six to the gallery. Pinned features the work of metalsmiths Brigitte Clavette, Kristyn Cooper, Kristen Bishop, Audrée St-Amour, and Erica Stanley, members of the women’s metal collective, Metal Six.
Metal Six’s new body of work is centred around the theme of pins, brooches, and fasteners. These objects may be wearable, as in traditional brooches, kilt pins, penannular, cloak pins, hat pins, or they may be instruments to pin things down or to the wall.
Along with the Pinned exhibition, AX will also host an artist talk with the five on February 4 at 1:00 p.m.
About the Artists
Winner of the 2022 Saydie Bronfman Award, Brigitte Clavette is a jeweller and metalsmith who lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The head of Jewellery/Metal Arts at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design from 1985 to 2017, she currently teaches part-time and works on her own artistic practice.
Brigitte is a member of Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and has received the Excellence Award from the province of New Brunswick and the Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation. Her work is held in the Royal Ontario Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the New Brunswick Museum and the Art Gallery of Guelph’s contemporary silversmithing collection. She has also received the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal.
Kristyn Cooper studied Jewellery/Metal Arts at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, where she first fell in love with the process of working in metal. She has since accumulated a variety of honours, such as inclusion in the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, sitting as a jury member for Canada Council for the Arts, receiving funding from The New Brunswick Arts Board, and being commissioned to create an award for the Human Rights Commission of New Brunswick. Her proudest achievement has been taking over as the Studio Head of Jewellery/Metal Arts in 2017.
Cooper feels fortunate that her practice as a Metalsmith has led to a career in Art Education, allowing her to guide others to develop personal relationships with metal. While her early work was largely focused on gaining technical excellence in jewellery making, her personal practice currently focuses on unusual forms, non-traditional colour application, and curious surface treatments on metal objects. She has been finding freedom in the idea that experimentation and play are important elements in craft, equal to technical proficiency and mastery of a fine skill.
Born in New Brunswick, Kristen Bishop’s work is influenced by her tactile experiences of the St. John River Valley. These influences can be seen in the textures she recovers within her pieces. Her work is narrative, holding stories within its forms. Bishop nurtures her artistic spirit by continuing to find inspiration in the natural world around her.
Bishop is a graduate of the Jewellery/Metal Arts program at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, where she is now employed as a metal studio technician. Her work can be found in select galleries, as well as in various private collections.
Kristen Bishop was the 2020 Nel Oudemans Award recipient, which recognizes the pursuit of excellence in the fields of fine craft and design.
Audrée H.-St-Amour has studied fine arts and specialized in jewellery and metal arts. She is a metal and mixed media artist whose artistic practice is between the fine arts and the jewellery traditions. She creates wearable and decorative objects using precious metals and natural and found materials. Her most recent pieces reflect on thought patterns and the effect of time on memories.
Audrée has taught visual arts and jewellery/metal arts to elementary, middle school, college and continuing students at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and in the Francophone South School District. An honours graduate from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, she obtained a BAA, also with honours, from the University of New Brunswick. She has received grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board and Canada Council for the Arts and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
Erica Stanley is an artist, goldsmith, educator, entrepreneur, and arts advocate living along the beautiful Wolastoq River, in New Brunswick. She and her husband, Aidan Stanley, began working their land and property seven years ago, where they designed and built their home by hand. Their studio and business, Queenstown Goldsmiths, is where they work in tandem and specialize in upcycled, custom wedding and engagement rings.
Stanley’s artistic practice serves as a means of experiencing, understanding, and honouring the natural world around her. She creates fine jewellery and metal sculptures, as well as large-scale painting and jewellery installations, with many thanks to the support of artsNB. Her work has been shown in various galleries including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, UNB Art Centre, The George Fry Gallery, and Sunbury Shores Art and Nature Centre.
Stanley also has a teaching practice, and has taught art, directed nature education camps for youth, as well as jewellery and metalsmithing workshops with adventures and Fundy National Park. She taught goldsmithing at the Nunavut Arctic College for several years and she is currently a Studio Head of Entrepreneurship and Jewellery Instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Diploma in Fine Craft, and a Diploma of Advanced Studies from NBCCD.
This exhibition is supported by Canada Healthy Communities Initiative which is funded by the Government of Canada. Thanks to the New Brunswick Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture for its support of this project.