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What is your membership level?
Gold
Do you have a website?
http://www.catherinesheedy.blogspot.com/
In what province are you?
QC
Do you consider yourself a professional, student or emerging artist. Are you a gallery, school, organization or guild?
Professional
In what area of the metal arts do you work?
silversmith, metalsmith, sculptor, other
Tell us about your education.
Since 2000, participation to many workshops
2007, Université Laval: Master of Arts (MA) in Visual Arts
2005, Université Laval: Teaching Certificate
2003, Université Laval: Bachelor in Visual Arts
2000, École de joaillerie de Québec: Three years specialized training in jewelry
Share some of your career highlights or goals.
I'm a sculptor jeweller and now I do research about contemporary jewelry. I like to mix different materials into my works. I'm interested about the structure of things, particularly the way they are assembled.
ARTIST STATEMENT:
Issue du domaine de la joaillerie, je chemine dans le milieu des métiers d’art depuis plus de 10 ans. Orientant parallèlement mes recherches en création depuis 8 ans en sculpture installative , je concilie actuellement mes deux passions en abordant la joaillerie par une approche sculpturale du bijou. À l’image des lieux qui accueillent mes sculptures, le corps de celui qui porte mes bijoux devient le support de l’œuvre tout comme les socles ou les murs sur lesquels ils sont appelés à être exposés.

Le matériau est à tout moment l’élément déclencheur de mes inspirations. Les structures que je conçois sont issues de recherches sur la matière et ses propriétés. La flexibilité, la transparence, la réflexion de la lumière ou son absorption par la coloration noire, sont les qualités que je recherche. Je détourne la fonction des matériaux industriels que j’emploie, allant jusqu’à évacuer la référence à leur utilité initiale. Je transforme ces objets du quotidien (salière, tuyau, moustiquaire, boudin de reliure...) en matière première. Pour ce faire, j’utilise des assemblages inspirés de techniques textiles, de l’architecture et du design.

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