“The work of Lola Brooks, however, is perhaps the most engaging in the exhibit; her jewelry combines traditional shapes, like hearts or chains of gold and diamonds, with grotesque elements, like the bodies of quails or a small, carved piece of antique ivory. Her works seem to laugh in the face of attempts to distinguish craft from fine art, creating dramatic departures from the norm for either.” writes Bridey Heing in HYPERALLERGIC.
“In the many ways we gender the arts, few have been as persistent as the differentiation between fine art and decorative art, particularly in regards to works in metal. Smelting and welding, for example, are typically seen as masculine pursuits, whereas the delicate metalwork involved in jewelry-making is typically seen as feminine. This year’s Women to Watch exhibit, titled Heavy Metal, seeks to challenge these gendered false dichotomies by showcasing women artists around the world pushing the boundaries of this particular medium.”
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
June 28 – September 16, 2018