“Manipulating dimensions helps to redefine the experience of my objects.”
Liana Tomchesson has been an Austin based metalsmith and 3D artist since 1999. In her current body of work, she seeks to create a shared space where cultural subjects and finely crafted jewelry and 3D art objects referencing adornment coexist. She builds her work by recycling aspects of the human experience found mostly in news media. Working in the full spectrum of metalsmithing aided with new technology, she integrates many technics to create objects that communicate through humor, scale and content.
Highlights from this past year include being an invited guest artist at SXSW Create, artwork at the People’s Gallery, Austin Tx and a group show titled Naughty Narrative: lives revealed at the Art Avenue Contemporary Art Center in Greenville, NC. And she has just completed the fellowship Artist Inc with the City of Austin.
Tomchesson received her MFA in 2014 in Metalsmithing and a minor in New Media. Mrs. Tomchesson is a former adjunct professor at the College of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas in Denton, Tx.
For most of my artistic life I have made wearable jewelry and smaller sculptural objects out of metal. I vacillate between wearable objects, objects that reference wearable objects, and the sculptural form in an effort to speak a language that can initiate a conversation on the human experience and our culture.
Physical size of an object can be locked by definitions of wear-ability in the world of bodily adornment. Skillfully toying with scale is another layer of intent in my work. Manipulating dimensions helps to redefine the experience of my objects. I find scale to be a humorous and experimental way of injecting conceptual content into an object while expressing and questioning information within that object.