I am a 1976 graduate of the Jewellery and Metal Arts Program, and a 2002 recipient of an Alumni Award of Excellence from the Alberta College of Art and Design. As a full time artist I have worked in my medium for over 25 years, my work is represented in public collections including the Alberta Foundation of the Arts, the MacDonald Stewart Art Centre, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. Over the years I have presented workshops and lectures at Canadian universities, colleges, museums and galleries on my work, use of alternative materials and design. In the 1980’s my work was singled out for its “use of unusual material and evocation of place”. * In 2002, I was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
The design process and the evolution of 20th century art and design have long inspired me to incorporate areas of our visual culture in my work. Working from elements of our urban landscape, particularly architecture, structural design and commercial signage, and away from the connotations of traditional precious jewelry, I developed multimedia pieces in the form of miniature structures. From this a wearable piece of Jewellery could be removed. Another series grew out of the visual culture both literally and figuratively. I focused on pieces using parts of, making reference to and the actual making of eyewear. Having worn glasses most of my life, I recognize that they are a major part of how a person is viewed, and how an individual views the world.
* Anne Barros, Ornament and Object: Canadian Jewellery and Metal Art, Boston Mills Press, 1997