Adrienne M. Grafton is an artist currently residing in western Pennsylvania. She received her MFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from East Carolina University in 2005. Personal memories and the emotions these memories evoke inspire her work. Her solo show, Departed, will be open from October 1-26, 2018 at the Anne Rudd Galyon Gallery on the Greensboro College campus with a closing reception October 26th from 3:30-6pm. It will feature sculptures influenced by her emotional state following her mother’s passing. For more information contact Brittany Sondberg at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see Grafton’s work visit www.adriennemgrafton.com.
Emotions and memories inspire my work as an artist. My most recent pieces are about conflicting feelings. I’ve found that in the cycle of life, there are both positives and negatives, such as pleasure and pain, loss and gain. I fabricate gold, silver, copper, brass and wood to create jewelry and sculptures about this cycle. I further embellish each piece with enamel, gemstones, pearls and found objects. These elements bring beauty and decoration to my jewelry, which suggests happiness. Rough textures and sharp edges are sometimes added to convey conflicting emotions.