About The Artist

SULO BEE • San Antonio , TX

I am a Trans Non-Binary interdisciplinary metalsmith and maker. I earned my BFA from Texas State University in 2018 and MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2022. Through iterative processes, reactive construction, automatic drawing, and colorful surface treatments, every element of my work is considered. I respond, and transform my wearables through experimental techniques in metalworking and material exploration. My jewelry acts as a space for balance and belonging for those who might need it.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Through iterative processes, reactive construction, automatic drawing, and colorful surface treatments, I make unique one-of-a-kind wearables. The use of blind contour drawing adds another layer of visual language, pulling imagery from the action figures in my studio space or flowers blooming on my walk home. I build a database to inform my drawings, some occurring quickly on-site, direct interpretations of what is in front of me, and others from memory. These images inform the shapes of my pieces, parts, and connections. Each piece is hand-sawn or fabricated from steel or brass, then covered with my signature surface finish made from stickers, glitter, and paint.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

I make because it is what I feel I was put on this Earth to do. It truly is the only thing that makes sense to me. I strive to find unique ways to make my voice and identity into a tangible object. Spending time finding the materials that I feel communicate the essence of the safe space I am building called $P4RKL3_FiLTH_CL0UD_NiN3. By making large statement pieces to small everyday earrings gives me the opportunity to connect with people, share queer stories, and create a dynamic relationship where they feel empowered with one-of-a-kind piece.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

My imagery is inspired by action figures, Pokemon, anime, and flowers! I spend a lot of time blind contour drawing, morphing those images, and combining them to create a new shape. My signature surface finish is quite labor intensive that requires lots of stickers, layering, sanding, and the perfect amount of glitter.