JUL. 7 – SEP. 29, 2019
“My figures are shaped from the perfectly dimensioned bar that comes from one of our most historically important industries. Innovation and depredation have propelled us forward as a species, but our greatest and most terrifying strength is the ability to talk each other into things. Coming out of and flowing into the original stock, these figures tell your mind to see a person. But the person is also a piece of steel connected just aswe are to our own complicity in the fallout of our ingenuity.”
Monica Coyne is an artist-blacksmith currently based in rural California. Her experiences living in both urban and rural environments have created questions that Monica addresses with her work. "What if we acknowledged that humans were interdependent with the rest of the universe? Would we behave better?" Her figurative sculptures are inspired by man’s place in the natural environment; they draw connections between the state of human progress and the value of the world around us.
Monica studied Industrial Arts at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Elementum journal (UK), HEPHAISTOS (Germany), and The Anvil's Ring (USA).
Derived from the Museum’s location along the Mississippi, as well as from the focus of the exhibition series, Tributaries features artists whose work is beginning to have a significant impact on the metal arts community.
ONGOING EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT
Windgate Charitable Foundation
Hyde Family Foundations
ONGOING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT
Tennessee Arts Commission