Piece description from the artist
While "Utensil" began with numerous studies of kitchen utensils, I reinterpreted their color, reflections and patterns to develop the series' abstractions. To me, kitchen utensils represent the basic tools required to create delectable cuisine, and memories of preparing for family gatherings and celebratory life experiences. I use the series to glorify them from the basic objects that they seem to be when standing on their own.
Claudia Smalley is a first-generation Polish-American artist whose parents immigrated to Chicago in the late 1970s. She has shown work extensively in Chicago, and at national venues including the Polish Museum of America.
Claudia has been featured in local/national/international print publications such as the "Chicago Reader":http://www.chicagoreader.com/, "CBS Chicago (web edition)":http://chicago.cbslocal.com/, "Business News Daily":http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/, and "La Republica":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Repubblica