Donna Mason Sweigart, an Associate Professor of Art & Design at University of Texas Pan American, earned her MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM/RP from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Her work has appeared in the books Art Jewelry Today 2 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs.
Donna’s works range from functional object installation to large scale body adornment/fashion. She uses both traditional methods of fabrication and computer-aided-design/rapid prototyping to accomplish her works. She often creates collaborative works with her husband painter Thomas Murray.
Latent Fibers: a memento of the distraction or diversion that is posited on us like blankets; we choose recognition and sight like the reluctant rising on a cold morning. Fenestral objects of illumination, these latent works hold potential for both beauty and violence. These works originate from the reminder of violence which is effortless for us to ignore. Brutality is revealed in patterns which untidily spill over borders.
Pattern imagery predominantly sources textiles; specifically Afghan patterns, Afghan war rugs, and Mexican Indian patterns, as a significant acknowledgement of women being past and present the primary composers of textile and its voice. These pieces are tributes to the power of women and the powerful tone of strength and subtleness as well as a lesson or a reminder of our responsibility to regard this violence, to not be distracted by digital and cosmetic pursuits, but to recognize, mourn, translate and create.