Monica Findlay is a Glasgow-based silversmith making tactile jewellery and objects inspired by a curiosity for the material presence of the past.
The maker uses tactile techniques to manipulate precious and non-precious metals, placing emphasis on the interrelation between memory and object. Etched textures and delicate wirework replicate and emulate inscribed memories, while embossed traces convey the absence of passing objects that once were in contact with the surface. Bringing together storytelling and archaeology, her body of work explores tangible remains, their surface qualities as important signifiers or touchstones of memories, both ancient and modern.
Monica's objective as a maker is to extend her curiosity to the viewer and create artefacts that seem distant yet familiar, causing observers to experience a sense of nostalgia upon interaction.
2017-2021 - BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery - (first class): Glasgow School of Art
2015-2017 Multidisciplinary Course: Tramway Visual Arts Studio
2015-2016 HNC Fine Art Portfolio: West College Scotland
2022 - Creative Scotland, Funding Granted
2021 – Incorporation of the Hammerman Prize (awarded for excellence in craft skills) - Glasgow School of Art
2021- Artist in Residence at the Glasgow School of Art (ongoing)
2022- REturn, REmake, REact: Artists in REsidence, The Alchemy Experiment
2021 – Elements Graduate Showcase, in association with Lyon and Turnbull and The Scottish Goldsmiths Trust, online
2021 - New Designers, online
2021 - Graduate Showcase, Glasgow School of Art, online
2020 – ZOOMask, in collaboration with Ruudt Peters, online
2020 - Play: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow
2019 - Splendour: symposium, exhibition and performance, Queen's House, Greenwich, London
2019 – Splendour: exhibition in Reid Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, and publication by Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with Queen's House, Royal Museums of Greenwich
2019 - How Do We Live: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow
2018 - GSA Silversmithing & Jewellery Christmas Sale, Glasgow School of Art
2018 - Facets, The Art School, Glasgow
2018 - Bodies, Identities, Action, Engagement: Design Domain Open Studios Exhibition, Reid Building, Glasgow
2018 - Cross School Course Exhibition: Our Utopia (Glasgow 2118), The Art School, Glasgow
2017 - End of Year Show, Tramway Visual Art Studio, Glasgow
2016 – Creative Industries Festival, West College Scotland, SWG3, Glasgow