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Jamie Belongia

"Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a great deal to love a leaf. It's ordinary to love the beautiful, but it is beautiful to love the ordinary.” I don't know who said this, but it defines all that I find beautiful in life. I am inspired by nature and simplicity. And, while I appreciate the spectacular, I am enchanted by the ordinary. My goal is to share the beauty I find in these things.

There are two underlying concepts that influence how I create my designs: First, there is a difference between symmetry and balance. Second, nothing survives this world without getting some “dings” along the way. To me, the difference between symmetry and balance, combined with the accumulation of “dings”, is what creates character… what gives everything its own unique footprint in this world. When I first started making art I strove for absolute perfection. But, whenever I achieved that, I felt as if I had worked my pieces to the ultimate extreme in boredom. The pieces I liked best were those that weren’t quite perfect… the ones where square wasn’t exactly square, but another not-quite-perfect shape balanced it out --- in the same way that each leaf in nature is never quite symmetrical. This gradually changed my philosophy, not just about artwork, but also about life. Life is imperfect. Creating balance from chaos is gratifying and yields unique, unexpected results.

This is where my process for creating begins; first I make the chaos…then I pull it together. All of the working parts are created separate from the final design. I create various colored patinas on several sheets of metal. I cut leaves (patterned from real leaves I’ve found on the ground) and geometric shapes from those metals, working from the unique patterns I see in the patinas. I collect flowers, leaves and pods from nature and embed them in resin. Each of these parts is created with only that individual part in mind. Then, when I have lots of unique parts to work with, I sit down and start designing, combing these various parts to create order from chaos by balancing their shapes, colors and textures, until I see each piece come into its own unique design, with its own unique character.

I hope you enjoy my work!

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