Natalie Macellaio grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Texas to receive her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. She is the Professor of Sculpture at Brookhaven Community College in Dallas, TX.
Her work has been featured at 500x in Dallas, TX, HUB by Artisan in Barcelona, Spain and Accident Gallery in Euerka, CA. Co-creator of “The Mother Load,” with Lesli Roberston, this collaboration is an on-going, international project that was exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art in fall 2014 and will be showing in Dundee, Scotland in February 2016. Natalie currently resides in Plano, TX with her husband and twin 4 year olds.
My work marries a functional, aesthetic, and conceptual approach to metal. She
works with concepts of adornment to create works that use the body to engage in
conversations that draw directly from her personal life.
“I was trained as a jeweler years ago, which brought me to understand the intricacies
of creating work that is personal to each person wearing it and expresses parts of their
life. The choice to work with precious metals has been because of their inherent
strengths and weaknesses. I value silver, both for its culturally relevant quality and for
its beauty. I employ copper for its strength and abundance. I am, after all, interested in
creating something beautiful and desirable. As I continue to explore these personal
narratives through these metals, themes that relate to my life as a mother begin to
come through. My initial interest in small, intimate works, is finding a new source of
expression that allows me to create intimate pieces that explore the relationships I have
to my children.”