Tender Presence | Sulo Bee

Sulo Bee (they/them/ze) earned their BFA from  Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry in 2018 and their MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2022. They have exhibited their work internationally with Heidi Lowe Gallery, Budapest Jewelry Week, Australian Temp/Contemp Gallery, Athens Institute of Contemporary Art, Gallery 2052, and Milan Jewelry Week. They were included in the One for the Future program with NYC Jewelry Week and completed a 3-month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center in 2018. In 2020, they participated in an invitational residency, Pentaculum, at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. SUL0 is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, SNAG JaMS, 02, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine. They were recently named one of ten artists in the nation for the Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council and received grant funding from the Windgate Charitable Foundation through the program. SULO is currently an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA.

Brass, spray paint, stickers
6H x 6W x 6D inches

My work explores my response to lived experiences and how they materialize as the fragmented narratives that define my identity as a Trans Non-Binary individual. I layer, respond, and transform elements through experimental processes. Using planar and three-dimensional construction, automatic drawing, and alternative surface treatments, I create harmonious tensions that address the grey area between myself and contemporary society. Iterative processes and chance operations serve as a method to highlight the opposing entities that embody the queerness of the work. Print and metal converge in my practice to create harmonious tensions and a state of equilibrium, a space for balance and belonging.

Brass, steel, nickel silver, spray paint
10H x 10W x 10D inches

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