This year's Dodd Professorial Chair in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is the jeweler and metalsmith Lola Brooks. The school will present an exhibition of her new work, opening on Feb. 1 in Gallery 307:
The exhibition will include five to seven pieces installed alongside objects from the artist's many collections, including some 1/4 inch-scale furniture, all designed to shift the viewer's perception of scale and meaning.
"This is an opportunity to explore some ideas about shifting meaning through perception of scale and context using display," Brooks said, "and is probably partially a result of the psychological and physical space that opened for me by moving here.
"I make large, outsized jewelry to begin with, but I'm interested how the pieces become a little more heroic or ridiculous on these diminutively scaled antique salesman samples."
Brooks is a tremendous artist and teacher, and her time at LDSOA - continuing through the spring semester - has been mutually beneficial. Our students are fortunate to spend time and interact with an artist of her caliber and intellect. Her work is a treat - a compelling take on 'jewelry as art' that is refreshing and enlightening.
Image: "Bubblepearls," by Lola Brooks