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Trained as a metalsmith, sculptor Kim Cridler explores the history of metalworking and functional design within the world of contemporary art. Inspired by a family heirloom—a Russian samovar—Cridler began creating works using the familiar iconography of vases and urns. She creates “skeletal maps” of objects: grid-like structures that define a form or volume through welded wire ribs in steel and bronze, embellished with botanical or geometrically inspired designs to add ornamentation and a sensual or emotional element. “People have this perception that metalsmith work… is separated from the rest of culture, but it's not,” she has said. “It's in the trophy cups you win at a race; it's in the souvenir spoon you pick up at the Grand Canyon and in the wedding bands you buy with your significant other.”

Selected exhibitions
2021
Nature & Structure: Mayme Kratz, Marie Navarre, Kim CridlerLisa Sette Gallery
2016
Kim Cridler & Carrie MarillLisa Sette Gallery
2015
30th Anniversary ExhibitionLisa Sette Gallery
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Field Study 6, 2011

Steel, slip-cast vitreous china
33 × 22 × 22 in
83.8 × 55.9 × 55.9 cm
Unique
$5,000 - 7,500
Location
Phoenix
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Medium

Trained as a metalsmith, sculptor Kim Cridler explores the history of metalworking and functional design within the world of contemporary art. Inspired by a family heirloom—a Russian samovar—Cridler began creating works using the familiar iconography of vases and urns. She creates “skeletal maps” of objects: grid-like structures that define a form or volume through welded wire ribs in steel and bronze, embellished with botanical or geometrically inspired designs to add ornamentation and a sensual or emotional element. “People have this perception that metalsmith work… is separated from the rest of culture, but it's not,” she has said. “It's in the trophy cups you win at a race; it's in the souvenir spoon you pick up at the Grand Canyon and in the wedding bands you buy with your significant other.”

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