Influenced by icons of value and strength, my work communicates an interest in the reduction of powerful imagery. Forms rise from reoccurring motifs in architecture and jewelry and recede to minimal vacant structures. Through the use of traditional fabrication techniques, minimal forms are crafted as intersecting planes or with exposed interiors. The hollowness and skeletal nature of these objects are amplified through the use of monochromatic industrial finishes.
My collection of revival pieces began in 2017. With a focus on roman intaglios and the illusion jewelry of the early 1900's with the hope of creating a new space for these antiquated forms. Pursuing traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as contemporary practices has allowed my work to evolve into an amalgamation of the familiar and unknown.
Erica Bello studied metals/jewelry design at the Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Crafts where she received her BFA in 2011. In 2014 Bello won the Halstead Grant for emerging artists. Erica has spoken about a career as a studio artist as at RIT’s School for American Crafts, Indian University, and the Tyler School for Art. In 2017 she was one of four Early Career Artists invited to speak in regards to jewelry design practices at the 46th annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in New Orleans, LA.
From 2017 - 2019 Erica held the position of Studio Manager at the Baltimore Jewelry Center where she also taught several courses on metalsmithing. Additionally, she has taught classes on metalsmithing and jewelry design at Penland School of Crafts, the Center for Metal Arts, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Bello’s work can be found nationally in several contemporary jewelry galleries and has been published in the book New Brooches by Nicholas Estrada.
Erica currently resides in Columbus, OH and works out of her studio located in the revitalized area of Franklinton.