Angela Bubash

Angela Bubash

My work is the result of a continuing search to give meaning to seemingly mundane observations and human interactions. The ephemera of life drive my curiosity, enticing me to create objects that call attention to personal emotions and circumstances. Encased natural or found objects feature prominently in my work, along with vials, pomanders, and reliquaries. This cross-disciplinary approach satisfies my desire to combine perfectly executed traditional metalsmithing techniques within a contemporary conceptual or narrative context. The end result is a body of work that captures fleeting moments of discovery and realization through a combination of visual and tangible stimuli, inspiring a moment of awe and contemplation.


The work itself is primarily sterling silver. Combined with my signature glass ampules, featured objects take on new meaning, encased as if they are jewels. This technique serves both functional and conceptual purposes, allowing me to use delicate objects as well as entice a sense of wonder as the work draws the viewer in for careful examination. Vials set in unique environments deliberately reference historical reliquaries, offering pleasing and thought-provoking vignettes of memory, beauty, and perspective. By using both precious and natural or fragile materials, I call their intrinsic value into question and subvert conventional ideas of preciousness.


I also incorporate pomanders or scent containers into my work. By using both visual and olfactory ephemera, each piece examines the precariousness of memory and the human impulse toward nostalgia. Here, the intersection of past and present are an ongoing challenge that drive my research and keep my work on the cusp of dialogue. These pomanders hang in small, steel cages and resemble sensors used during religious ceremonies to waft incense throughout a room. Unlike liturgical sensors, my pomanders are meant to trigger memories from the viewer that they are asked to anonymously write down and feed into a slot under the piece itself. There are also vinaigrettes or wearable versions that the viewer can take with them.


My most recent fascination has yielded a series of work that features sterling silver fins with burnished surfaces. Fins of various sizes and configurations provide a sense of motion and flux in direct contrast to my single-specimen works captured in glass. Through a process of placing, responding, fitting, and adjusting, a topography of fins and planes is revealed. The fascination shifts from a static, emotionally based object to a fleeting moment that cannot be pinned down. Shadows are cast, but move with time or presentation of the work. Light pools, reflects, and highlights. All the while, crafted spheres of color protected in glass domes offer a place of peaceful rest and symmetry amidst a dynamic, moving environment.

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