Internationally Known Navajo Artist Shows His Playful, Contemporary Jewelry Designs
DURANGO, Colo.; February 3, 2016; Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of award-winning contemporary Navajo jewelry artist Cody Sanderson to its Durango gallery. An inspiring collection of sterling silver rings, bracelets and necklaces are now on display.
Cody Sanderson is known for his imaginative, often playful style. His award-winning jewelry frequently involves hand-fabricating techniques such as bending, forging, casting, and stamping. Sanderson loves the challenge of doing something different. With boundless energy, he is constantly figuring out ways to execute new ideas. Inspired by his surroundings, Sanderson uses traditional Navajo techniques to create a new visual aesthetic that is cutting edge, contemporary and authentic.
From a sterling lava lamp to spiked bracelets with moving parts inspired by porcupines and cacti, Sanderson’s inquisitive and easily inspired mind coupled with his truly masterful metal working skills, produce the most innovative results. His jewelry and sculptural pieces sometimes incorporate moving parts, so his interest in engineering sets his work apart from most jewelers. He is fascinated by the challenge of learning new skills –his silver Rubik’s Cube-inspired sculpture took nearly a year to complete as he worked through the how the moving parts interacted.
Raised in Window Rock, Arizona, Sanderson now works from his studio in Santa Fe. He began making jewelry in 1999, learning his craft by experimenting, asking questions of other jewelers, and taking classes to learn new techniques such as tufa casting.
Sanderson’s sophisticated, innovative designs have earned numerous awards, including a prestigious “Best in Show” at the Heard Museum for his sterling silver Rubik’s Cube. His work has been featured in many books, and he is a recipient of prestigious Smithsonian and SWAIA fellowships.
Shanan Campbell Wells, gallery owner states, “Cody’s work is consistently beautiful and surprising – we wonder what will he come up with next. It’s an honor to show his work in our Durango gallery.”
Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 75 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York and renowned jewelry artist Ben Nighthorse, among others.