Tube 2

ERICA DUFFY
Tube 2, brass, nickel silver, stainless steel, PVC plastic, foam, elastic, 2" x 2" x 96', 2003

Erica Duffy holds both a Master of Fine Arts degree from Miami University (2005), and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan (2002).  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Northern Iowa.  Recent accomplishments include a performance at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Ohio; exhibitions at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio; and the Olin Fine Arts Center Gallery at Washington and Jefferson College, Pennsylvania; publication in the book 500 Necklaces (Lark Books, 2006); and a commission to design and fabricate the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Domestic Corps Power of Partnership awards. Trained in jewelry design, metalsmithing, and industrial design, Duffy's research centers on the ways in which normative social interaction is disrupted by the perception of a "disability."  Sound and motion activated sensors are linked to control electronics, allowing her to create sculptures and wearable pieces that respond to the voice and movements of the viewer.

Of her work Duffy writes, "Stemming from my own experiences as a person who stutters, I have become interested in examining the phenomena that interrupt the flow of communication between people.  When my lips shake and the muscles of my face and neck contort, sounds emit from my mouth as fragmented pieces of the words they were meant to be.  This experience can be disruptive to those unfamiliar with the sights and sounds of stuttering. Our past experiences help shape our reactions to new situations.  Sociological and cultural differences between people may cause them to interpret the same circumstances in dissimilar ways.  This is often a source of miscommunication.  Similarly, my work promotes disfluent social interaction, creating an environment that heightens awareness of the factors disruptive to effective communication." In Tube 2 the voice of the wearer is significantly delayed and distorted by the shape and length of the tube.

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