Featured Faculty Research

fall 2016

Jewelry & Metalwork Faculty:

Mary Hallam Pearse, Associate Professor of Art

Demitra Thomloudis, Assistant Professor of Art

Mary Hallam Pearse, Chromeo, Brooch, 2016. Silver and Aluminum

Mary Hallam Pearse, Chromeo, Brooch, 2016. Silver and Aluminum

The Dodd’s Jewelry & Metalwork area kicked off the fall term in style on September 8: coincidentally, this was the date that two exhibitions featuring jewelry by both of the department’s two professors opened to the public. Demi Thomloudis and Mary Hallam Pearse are currently exhibiting new work in group shows on both coasts of the United States. Thomloudis collaborated with another artist to create site-specific small objects and jewelry in a show in San Francisco, while Pearse is participating with other female American jewelers in a group exhibition in New York City.

“Demitra Thomloudis and Motoko Furuhashi: CrossPass” features collaborative and individual works by the two artists at Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco. The artists chose to respond to a distinctive stretch of highway for this body of work. Interstate 10 connects the border region of El Paso, Texas to Las Cruces, New Mexico. Using materials such as sand, cement, and steel, the artists reflect the desert landscape and the man-made environment that has developed on top of it through their work. Thomloudis, who joined the Jewelry and Metalwork department this fall, is interested in creating work that relates to architecture and the environment, and, by extension, how wearing such an object could connect a person to the larger world. Read more about Thomloudis’s exhibition at Velvet DiVinci Gallery, up through October 9, here.

Pearse and 32 other female American jewelers were invited to create a new work for the exhibition “Shadow Themes” to display alongside an older work that it relates to, allowing the viewer to trace the evolution of ideas in their work. In that way, the exhibition at Reinstein/Ross gallery in New York City examines the link between present and past. Chromeo, pictured above, is a silver and aluminum brooch that Pearse created for the exhibition. It features a pair of hands below intricate swirls and loops of silver aluminum highlighted in red within an open square frame. The artist is interested in the historical and cultural function of jewelry and in the relationship between representation, consumption, and desire. Read more about Pearse’s exhibition at Reinstain/Ross Gallery, up through October 16, here.

summer 2016


Marni Shindelman
Assistant Professor of Art, Photography

For the month of June 2016, Professor Shindelman was a resident at CEC ArtsLink in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Founded in 1962, CEC ArtsLink promotes international communication and understanding through collaborative, innovative arts projects. And, although artists from Russia and other former Soviet Union countries have been participating in cultural exchange programs in the USA for over fifty years, 2016 is the first year that American artists were invited to Russia. Professor Shindelman and her collaborative partner, Nate Larson (faculty at MICA, Maryland Institute College of Art) were among those selected for this honor.

Shindelman and Larson spent a month in Russia, producing over sixty images for their on-going Geolocation series. For this project, the artists mine twitter for tweets that have GPS coordinates in them, and then make a photograph at the corresponding site, which they pair with the original tweet.  While in Russia, the artists also participated in the one of the country’s largest festivals: “Geek Picnic.” Serving as featured speakers, the artists created a site-specific piece “On the Utility of Glass: A Portrait of M. Lomonosov.” In so doing, they partnered with Dodd faculty Julie Spivey, who designed a large map with instructions for walking a trail within the park, whose curvilinear path effectively draws an invisible portrait of M. Lomonosov, the famous Russian historical figure after whom the piece is named.  

Read more about Shindelman’s Russian adventures on the CEC blog.

Image above from Larson + Shindelman's Geolocation series.

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Mark Abbe
Assistant Professor of Art History, Ancient Art

Archaeological Excavations at Nicomedia,Turkey

During summer 2016, Assistant Professor Mark Abbe joined archaeological excavations at Nicomedia, Turkey, to study a remarkable new series of Roman marble relief sculptures preserving extensive ancient painting. More than 35 large (c. 1.0 x 2.0 m) relief panels have been found to date by the TÜBİTAK archaeological project directed by Dr. Tuna Şare Ağtürk. Dating to the period of the Tetrarchy when the emperor Diocletian (ruled AD 285-305) made the city of Nicomedia his eastern administrative capital of the Roman Empire, the elaborately painted panels depict the emperor and his imperial co-rulers in battle, religious ritual, and military triumph. Although painting was originally widespread on such marble state reliefs, heretofore it has only been found preserved in the faintest vestiges. These high-quality relief sculptures and their well-preserved coloration shed new light on multiple aspects of the art of the Tetrarchic period, including the increasingly color-coded dress costumes of the imperial administration. In antiquity the painted reliefs appears to have been conspicuously displayed as friezes in the elevated entablatures of a monumental terraced temple complex currently under excavation.