Evelyn Markasky

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Evelyn started her life in an edgy little steel town with a large immigrant population in Youngstown, Ohio. Life in Youngstown was shaped by steel and she is left with the image of the nighttime sky glowing pink from the blast furnaces 24 hours a day. It is this image she has subconsciously recreated in her studio with her torch; heating, soldering, coloring, and melting metal, not quite 24 hours a day, but close!

She spent many of her college years in photo booths, creating images to use for her BFA in sculpture where she incorporated sculpture, jewelry, conceptual art, and comedy, not necessarily in that order. Her photo booth images became a ritual, and an obsession. They have been painted on silk, silk-screened, enameled, painted, traced, computerized, shrinky-dinked, made into a book, sewn, colored, plastered, etched, and cut out of metal.

Evelyn works mostly in copper using vitreous enamels sometimes for their colors, but mostly as a patina adding texture and an aged effect to her pieces. She likes to take a hard cold piece of metal and turn it into something soft, warm, and organic. She continues her love of fire by torch-firing her enamel pieces. Her work is influenced by the idea that refined jewelry doesn’t fit every women. Her jewelry is elegant, clunky, organic, sensitive, and moody. Working (wo)man’s jewelry meant to be worn everyday.

Evelyn has taught and worked with people of all ages and abilities, and has participated & exhibited in many art shows including Santa Cruz Open Studios, Heidi Lowe Gallery (DE), Peter Konstantine Gallery (Palm Springs, CA), 1000 Oaks Gallery (Berkeley, CA), Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ) and the Pajaro Valley Art Council. She was involved with a Flickr group called Ring A Day (RAD) where she made a ring a day for a year. The group exhibited at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in Seattle in 2011 and Lark Books has published a book about RAD.

She has been the lead teacher for the last 5 years for Young Artist Studios (YAS) where she works with a diverse and highly enjoyable group of disabled and able-bodied students with varied art media. She also teaches enamel and metal working classes. 

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