Rebekah Laskin is an esteemed jewelry artist, whose works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cooper Hewitt Museum, NY; the Oslo Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway; the Wustum Museum/Racine Museum of Art, Racine, WI; and the Nordenfjeldke Museum of Applied Art, Trondheim, Norway.
About her newest work, Laskin states: ”These new arm pieces represent a merging of contemporary technology with traditional artistic processes. The magic of 3D printing opens up possibilities for complex forms which can be produced in a variety of materials, including this strong nylon plastic, the color of which can then be altered with dyes.
The designs for these objects begin in a sketchbook, not on the computer. It is important to me that the forms derive entirely from the artistic process I am most comfortable with- free hand drawing. They are then scanned and transferred into a 3D program where the file can be adjusted and prepared for printing. This process allows me to create designs that are not at all influenced by the preset options inherent in design programs. Once the pieces are ‘printed’, the white surfaces are hand painted with dyes. I approach these surfaces as canvases. Each side of the bracelet is painted as a unique abstract composition. I am interested in the interplay between the form of the object and the image on its surface. Every piece is an investigation of this dynamic.”