Amelia Toelke is an expert on hanging on the walls some cool and also fancy installation art. Playful, each installation is an inspiration to our creativity.
Amelia Toelke’s diverse art practice draws on her training in jewelry and metalsmithing yet transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. A combination of sculpture, collage, and installation, Toelke’s work lies at the intersection of the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional, and challenges given conceptions of object, image, reality, and representation.
Toelke was selected as an artist in residence at Lanzhou City University in Lanzhou, China in 2015 and in 2016 was an artist in residence at the Brush Creek Center for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming. She participated in art exhibitions worldwide.
“I studied metalsmithing and jewelry as an undergraduate and this training continues to influence the way I approach each project I undertake. Jewelers are trained to think about every detail—with the back of a pin being just as important as the front, for example. We study the long history of functional and decorative objects and embrace their inherent qualities and imbued meanings.”
Though my current work often ventures into other disciplines, I remain invested in material, process, and all the small bits and pieces. I carefully consider each facet of an artwork and integrate the techniques I use (sometimes learning new ones), the materials I choose (at times reaching outside my comfort zone), and the concepts I am conveying. In this way, the diverse disciples of art, craft, and visual culture, are threaded throughout my work and I draw on their histories to create contemporary significance.” says the artist.