Home With You, 2019
Copper, silver, brass, enamel
I am fascinated by jewelry and household items because they are objects of intimacy. I am drawn to stories about how we connect to each other, and the cultures, and physical spaces we inhabit. I treasure the preciousness of ordinary things, the way objects patina with use and evolve to fit their owners.
This series began as a celebration of the patterns, textures, and details of the physical structures I’ve inhabited during my most recent, long period of transition. These works serve as a place for me to record and recall the things I loved about the spaces I inhabited while living in 5 states and 10 houses in 8 years.
As I’ve slowly acclimated to my new environment, this work has morphed into a rumination on love, belonging, and otherness. It is a celebration of the process of becoming home, wherever I am. As a northerner living in the south I will always feel like an outsider, but I am home here now.
Abigail Heuss is an Associate Professor of Art at Valdosta State University, where she teaches Foundations and Metalsmithing courses. She holds an M.F.A. from East Carolina University and a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Abigail’s work has been shown in exhibitions around the country and been published in several books and magazines, both nationally and abroad.
Abigail makes domestic and wearable objects with an unapologetically sentimental focus on narrative. Her work tends toward stories about how we connect to each other, as well as the cultures, and physical spaces we inhabit. Her work is based in the tradition of metalsmithing, but is largely multi-media.