K. Claire MacDonald
2015 Award: Lacy and Co. Ltd. Jewellery Supply Grant

K. Claire MacDonald is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with a Major in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. She is presently based in Toronto. Over the past few years, K. Claire’s practice has centered on merging her longstanding interest in painting and formal background in jewellery design and metalsmithing. Through extensive material research and exploration, she has sought to challenge what is familiar to both disciplines, and to investigate how they can merge to create something new.

Recently, K. Claire has begun to remove her work from the context of the body, in order to focus on transforming her paintings on metal into more sculptural, three-dimensional forms. She often begins by deconstructing these paintings into a multitude of tiny shapes, which she then forms and connects using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Painting directly on thin sheets of metal allows the actual structure of a painting to be easily manipulated; creating a stronger unification of mediums. 

By exploring a more sculptural realm, K. Claire’s work has started to become part of a new context, although the details and intricacies of each piece are sure evidence of a jeweller's hand. 

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