copper, sterling silver, thread.
2 x 2 x 0.8cm
These may appear to be heavy, but they are very light - they're hollow!
Sylvie works with basketry and textile processes to create work that becomes physical representations of untouchable emotions of place. These processes are so strongly associated with place, people, culture and tradition. They have the ability to mark birth, death, and regrowth. Using primarily silver, Sylvie creates wearable objects that are both opaque and translucent and inhabit multiple spaces at once. Through weaving, stitching, and knotting she creates intimate details for the wearer to connect with. These slow processes are a way for her to process the experiences, emotions, and thoughts associated with place and home, allowing her to finally assign language to fleeting recollections and memories. Often repetitive, tedious, and time consuming, Sylvie’s work requires extensive material preparation before it takes shape. The time spent on material preparation expresses a reverence for the final product and the intimacy of space.
Sylvie Lissa Alusitz is a metalsmith and jeweler based in New York. Her work is centered around relationships to people and place, and takes a strong influence from basketry and textile communities. She created pieces that become physical representations of things untouchable. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from State University of New York at New Paltz in Metal in 2019 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015. Sylvie has exhibited nationally and internationally, being selected for and showing at Autor Contemporary Jewelry Fair in Bucharest, Romania and ‘7 Artists for 7 Days’ at Myday-Byday Gallery in Rome. She has been included in exhibitions at the Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX, The Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA, Gallery 2052, Chicago, IL, and elsewhere. In 2020 Sylvie was selected as one of 100 artists for Secret Identity Project’s exhibition Amend, an exhibition focusing on the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. She has also received funding from the Tiffany and Co. Foundation and the Women’s Jewelry Association and participated in residencies at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada and Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina. Sylvie co-curates the annual exhibition Dream Machine with Betsy Lewis and has organized other projects, such as Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation: A Conversation, hosted by the State University of New York at New Paltz.