June Schwarcz (1918-2015) redefined the art of enameling.
June Schwarcz: Invention and Variation
March 10, 2017 – August 27, 2017
@ Renwick Gallery in Washington - DC
Mrs. Schwarcz's work is something unbelievable to forget.
In the very first room you will see her portrait in her own studio on the West Coast, if I'm not wrong.
You will see on her face a contained laugh and a certain level of shyness, as if she was saying : - You are welcome!
The first pieces are incredible well made - copper trays with ethnic and etched drawings on colored enamel.
On the second room, you will be amazed by wonderful shell shape copper bowls - a visual that could be very organic and primitive, but could be also futuristic with traces of an intergalactic trip.
In her earlier work, she used big surfaces to experiment. Wall art in copper with intricate textures worked by etching and electroplating techniques.
By the time was passing, she wasn't strong enough to deal with heavy pieces anymore, so she adapt her new creations by using very light materials. In Mrs. Schwarcz final work, she was very explicit showing us a somber of the end of a colorful and creative life.
Thanks Mrs. Schwarcz!