Sylvie Lissa Alusitz is a metalsmith and jeweler based in New York who explores the relationships we have to people and place. The home serves to protect our daydreams, compilations of memory and imagination. Influenced by the basketry and textile communities, she translates processes into metal to create objects that become physical representations of things untouchable. They have the ability to transcend time, mark birth, death and regrowth. Left open, she allows her work to be entered by different people, to move through time and place and inhabit multiple spaces at once.She received her Masters in Fine Arts from State University of New York at New Paltz in Metal in 2019 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2015. Sylvie has exhibited nationally and internationally, having been selected for and participating in Autor Contemporary Jewelry Fair in Bucharest, Romania. She has been included in exhibitions at the Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX and the Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA and elsewhere. Sylvie has also received funding from the Tiffany and Co. Foundation and the Women’s Jewelry Association.
Sylvie is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Baskets are so strongly associated with place, people, culture, and tradition. They have the ability to transcend time, mark birth, death and regrowth. Through basketry and textiles process, forms arise that become a physical representation of something untouchable, without trying to become it. Left open, the work allows itself to be entered by different people, to move through time and place and inhabit multiple spaces at once. Lines of metal weave in and out, over and under, twist and turn. They align with thoughts and notions, grasses and leaves. I search for tactile qualities that encourage the viewer to connect with my pieces. We form meaningful relationships with objects, just as we do people and places.