Morgan Herum: Experiment

I had the privilege to be featured on Callie Garp’s blog, check it out and also look at the other rockin’ artists she has interviewed!

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Etsy is a market full of jewelry. Enter just one step inside the Esty-sellers doorway, and you’ll know that to be a fact. It’s a saturated market – with lots of cute freshwater pearls and trendy trinkets. And while that’s just fine for the average store, you won’t find any of that in the Etsy shop of artist Morgan Herum.

Herum is a 2013 graduate of the BFA program at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is very concerned with the environmental impact of her art:

I love creating. I find expressing myself through jewelry and objects to be deeply rewarding and satisfying. I apply traditional metalsmithing techniques to a contemporary art discourse. When possible, I upcycle materials from a discarded state. Specifically, I will use scrap metal or fine furs, and may cut it, shape it, and refinish it. Upcycling materials is important to my craft discipline because…

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Midwest Metalcore Juried Student Online Exhibition

I feel honored to have just received great news that my piece Water Stock received 3rd place in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Midwest Metalcore Juried Student Online Exhibition!

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20Lori Waxman’s Review of Water Stock

Lori Waxman did a 60 Wrd/Min Art Critic Performance in which I had the privilege to participate.  She reviewed my most recent body of work: Water Stock.  The review has been published in the Shepherd Express website.  Lori Waxman stated,

“Water Stock” is an unusual metal sculpture by Morgan Herum, and its very name begets a series of questions that everyone on the planet ought to be asking about the liquid element that composes 60% of the human body and covers 70% of the earth’s surface. These can be quickly summarized by rearranging the words of Herum’s title into the statement: We need to take stock of our water. Herum addresses this sculpturally by spinning and silver-plating copper into three drinking vessels that look like cut-open water bottles, and placing these on a ridged aluminum base that resembles a wavy puddle. Bottled water, as most of us now know, represents one of the most ludicrous, wasteful and successful marketing schemes of recent times. That it plays not only on desires for convenience and luxury but also on legitimate fears about the safety of drinking water makes it only all the more insidious and intractable a problem, one that Herum manages to raise through her choice of materials: silver cups for fancy sipping, aluminum to suggest the heavy metals, endocrine disruptors and other toxins that continue to pollute our waterways.


—Lori Waxman 5/31/13 11:59 AM

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Backyard Enamelling

Backyard Enameling

This little turtle kiln was such a good find! I finally tested it out and it works! It came with all of the tools except a spatula, so I tested it out with a butter knife. It even came with some enamels. So enameling will become part of my summer-outdoor studio practice!

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Sloss Furnace – Sloss Iron Pour

Two artists I’ve had the pleasure working beside at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Aaron De Lanty, Sam Endres, and I headed down to Sloss Furnaces Conference on Cast Iron Art this past weekend. I went down just to pour iron and enjoy the Southern sunshine, but my expectations were so much surpaced by experiencing meeting really inspiring sculptors, iron pours, performance art, and demonstrations. Specifically, Death Metal Press was amazing to watch and interact with. Death Metal Press is a collaboration between a printmaker and sculptors, in which a printmaker carves a block out of foam, which gets reproduced in aluminum or cast iron, which then gets heated and scorches either paper or leather. The reliefs are printed on this amazing press that was fabricated by Eric Fuertes.

I ended up living in euphoria the whole time, laughing and being amazed by all of the student-built cupolas and cupulettes. I also ended up realizing how much I want to keep pouring and continue working around such inspiring makers.044 DSCN0891 DSCN0900 DSCN0932DSCN0904

Aaron De Lanty

So this past weekend I went to Birmingham, Alabama for the 25th Biennial Sloss Iron Pour. Talk about an amazing experience to be apart of. It was quite the adventure from start to finish. It was me and a couple of my friends left milwaukee at 7 at night and started our 12 hour drive. We ended up getting to sloss around 8:30 in the morning getting maybe a collective 2 hours of sleep.

We were lucky enough to meet up with Alabama State and jump in on their pour right off the bat. They even let us pour right away. Talk about intense, 12 hour car ride, near zero sleep, and then pouring a 75lb tap. First Iron pour as well, so there was a slight learning curve. Luckily our pours went great, everyones pieces turned out.

After the pour we had some time to go explore the furnaces. They are something to leave you…

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Celebrate ALL Love in ALL Contexts!

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spun drinking vessels and bronze base

spun drinking vessels and bronze base

In progress shot of my current metalsmithing project concerning the privatization and pollution of water.

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