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Glenda Arentzen

In Her Own Words:

“My work is a response to a variety of moods and persons and ideas. Life is an adventure and body ornament can be one record of it.  I am pleased that I have the mental set to design and manufacture and market personal, one-of-a-kind works as appropriate alternatives to the mass market.

For me, work has the strongest voice when its vocabulary is the direct and immediate visualization of an expression. So, I favor such techniques as engraving, hand sculpted wax elements that are cast, for example, as primary elements because they are so fresh. I continue to draw for the same reason: the marks on the paper are the freshest as they are the first tangible demonstration of the content of the work.

Perhaps, the introduction of color also is useful in the pursuit of a fresh viewpoint by freeing me from the restrictions of the connotations of familiar metal structures and surfaces.  Stones, enamel, colored golds, oriental techniques such as mokume gane, and, especially mixed metal patterning have appeared in most of my collections over the years.  The use of such has extended my vocabulary significantly.

Also, whatever the theme, I try to avoid a formal arrangement where the message is clear, the effect deliberate. Every element that I use is carefully considered, but it leaves room for the wearer or viewer to organize and think.  I believe that this gives my work a life beyond the first look. Also, I believe that this reflects my view of life, that nothing is absolute and all is defined by relationships."