CHAIR MEMBER, ETHICAL METALSMITHS STUDENTS: VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY
Andy Lowrie is a graduate student in the Craft and Material Studies department at Virginia Commonwealth University. He moved to the United States from Australia, where he earned his BFA from the Queensland College of Art and co-founded Bench Contemporary Jewelry Studio.
Andy is interested in contemporary expressions of craft that challenge hierarchies of material value and embrace a mindful exploitation of material and process. He considers the body and its impermanence through a practice rooted in metalsmithing and adornment, using acts of mark making, surface manipulation and erasure. In the way that an object can outlast its maker but is never truly fixed in time, place or form, he currently finds the idea of an unfinished object problematically compelling.