Coming from a family of welders, forgers and craftsmen in rural New Jersey, Casey Sobel was raised with ideals that were forged through tradition and craft. Through an original use of form, minimal construction, and monumental presence, and she set off on a journey to create things of permanence and stature.
Sobel started making this work after a difficult time in her life. She took shapes considered mundane and impersonal and made them strikingly intimate, expanding the paradox by considering the body as a sculptural site. These pieces represent everything she longs for in her life; strength, security, support and stability. It strips away everything that is over complicated and superfluous and leaves only what is pure and necessary. Sobel chooses to use metal for its durability, sustainability, and heirloom quality. Fabricated with the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship, these pieces are meant to be as permanent as a sculpture, lasting for centuries.
In the summer of 2014, Sobel was awarded a scholarship to attend Penland School of Craft for a workshop. It introduced her to a group of groundbreaking artisans who healed and nurtured her artistic soul. From this newfound reality, she was able to transform her definition of “jewelry” and expand her perception. This is when Sobel’s work shifted and became sculptural. She was no longer trying to find herself within predetermined categories, but rather allowed herself to explore newfound territory. She gained the insight to adorn the body with greater emphasis on balance concerning form and substance.
Through her personal quest, she has come to appreciate the essence of form and it's ability to revolutionize the body as well as the environment. By altering our perception and preconceived notions of jewelry and scale, and adding a hint of illusion, the body is altered and becomes her living installation.