A spoon forged everyday for eleven days from Sept. until October 2016 in North House Folk School's blacksmithing Shop. The first Spoon pictured sold during a show and now resides in the private collection of Kristofer Bowman and the second to last spoon pictured is now part of a permanent instillation at North House Folk School “Wall of Craft” – Exhibition book pg 8
This public sculpture was made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and the arts and cultural heritage funds in 2018.
It is to be publicly displayed at the National Ornamental Metal Museum (Memphis, TN), ArtReach St. Croix (Stillwater, MN) and as part of the River City Sculpture Tour (Stillwater, MN).
This was a collaboration between Elizabeth Belz and Anton Yakushev (Russia) in 2019 during his residency at The National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN
I have become very interested in the interaction between viewers and insects, a subject matter that is not normally seen or witnessed on such a public stage but generally ignored by the average person because it is merely part of everyone’s everyday life. I have been working around the idea that location and environmental interaction with sculpture and how the viewer internally digests this interaction is what gives life to each insect. I have also realized not only are the intentions of each piece important but that the construction is equally important, the use of steel lends itself wonderfully to outdoor sculpture and has the ability to maintain its form and weather well over time.
Tools made for the everyday.
A series of three cotton weevils created for an instillation piece at Christian Brother's University (Memphis, TN) for the show ‘forge, cast and fabricate’ 2019.
The front two feet of each weevil has a riveted joint allowing it to articulate back and forth.
Each Weevil measures roughly 20”x9”x7” and can be either free standing or attached to a wall using custom made mounts.
$1300 each ($3600 for all three)