Anne M Schneider

UMass Dartmouth 2020 MFA Thesis Exhibition

Anne Schneider in studio

Biography

A native New Englander, Anne completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Drama and an Associate of Arts in Technical Theater at Johnson State College in 2009. After pursuing theater and alternate career opportunities, she returned to craft and began an MFA program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in Artisanry: Jewelry/Metals. Anne has consistently placed in the International Precious Metals Institute competition (2017-2019). She uses the format of jewelry to explore the nature of theatricality and the limits of emotional tangibility.

Statement

My thesis explores the interaction within a personality between the ego, superego and id as represented by silver animals and abstract cage forms. This is a simplification of how people can react to ideas as a conceptual structure.

The id is the original personality which is instinct, intuition and physical urges. This develops and forms the superego. The superego is the overall sense of ethics, philosophy and guiding principles that are usually seen as an outside force, internalized. The ego balances between the id and the superego. Ego is challenged to follow natural instincts while bound by moral philosophies.

How the animal reacts to the cage form - creates, rejects, weaves, and breaks - these are how people handle ideas and what the ego does with systems imposed by the superego. The id of this process is represented in the making of these pieces. The ego and superego both form from the id.

Each of my works in this series represents how a person may react to an idea, as the ego reacts to the systems imposed by the superego. The person may choose to carry an idea with them, as the flying fish maintains itself within the cage (Flight). Someone may come upon an old idea and find it comfortable, such as the cat in Found. Another idea may only be sustainable for a limited time, and can be outgrown - the way the rabbit outgrows its cage in Growth.

My jewelry is meant to be a reminder of the power of ideas and where they come from.

Contact

artist@foundwaxcasting.com
www.foundwaxcasting.com
Instagram @foundwaxcasting

Build, sterling silver, brass, gold plating, 3.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”
Build, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 3.5"
Gallery view of installation
Installation view of the MFA Thesis Exhibition
Gallery view of installation
Installation view of the MFA Thesis Exhibition
Found, sterling silver, brass, gold plating, cupule, 2” x .75” x 1.5”
Found, 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, cupule, lost wax casting and fabrication, 2” x 1.5”
Build, sterling silver, brass, gold plating, 3.5” x 3.5” x 2.5”
Build, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 3.5"

Slideshow

  1. Cycle, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 5" x 5"
  2. Cycle, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 5" x 5"
  3. Build, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 3.5"
  4. Build, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 3.5"
  5. Flight, 2018, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 2" (earrings, top) and
    Build, 2020, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 3.5" (octupus, lower)
  6. Flight (detail), 2018, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 2" 
  7. Flight (detail), 2018, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, lost wax casting and fabrication, 4" x 2"
  8. Found, 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, cupule, lost wax casting and fabrication, 2” x 1.5” 
  9. Found (detail), 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, cupule, lost wax casting and fabrication, 2” x 1.5” 
  10. Growth, 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, steel, lost wax casting and fabrication, 12" x .5"
  11. Growth (detail), 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, steel, lost wax casting and fabrication, 12" x .5" 
  12. Growth (detail), 2019, sterling silver, 24K gold plate, steel, lost wax casting and fabrication, 12" x .5" 

More Information



College of Visual Performing Arts, Degree Type MFA, Gallery Exhibitions, Gallery University Art Gallery