Metallurgic Tannery - HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor - The National Museum of the American Indian - George Gustav Heye Center, New York, NY

Metallurgic Tannery

Michael Belmore’s (Ojibway) sculptural works are meditative reflections on North American topography—the land and water that surrounds and sustains us. In his work with stones, he has concentrated less on the absolute form of each rock and more on the relationships between them, where their surfaces, ground smooth by the artist, meet.

Belmore’s work in hammered and chiseled copper explores the surface of the land with a more direct approach. In Dark Water, Origins, and Shorelines, he has transformed inert, heavy metal sheets into thin, undulating membranes. Like any skin its surface shows scars, whether from human activity or natural events.