Mary Lynn Podiluk is a contemporary jewellery designer and silversmith who translates language and linguistic concepts into visual elements through silver and resin jewellery. Born in Saskatoon, SK, she studied Fine Art and Linguistics at the University of Saskatchewan. Looking for an art-centric education, she found the ideal place at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS, where she earned a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing. Shortly after graduating, Mary Lynn was awarded first place in the 9th annual National Jewellery Student Competition, hosted by L.A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa, ON. She has returned to her home city of Saskatoon to begin her career.
Most of what we know about our language is subconscious; there is not much that the average person can say offhand about how language works. By translating the aural to the visual through concepts of language and linguistics, my jewellery and holloware are intended to illuminate nuances of language that people don't often consider. Combining silver with the vibrant qualities of cast resin, I highlight fundamental aspects of speech and sound by visually representing language through anatomical and organic forms, alphabets, and acoustic analysis. By virtue of the familiar and universal nature of these elements, I intend to inspire the viewer to consider aspects of language they normally take for granted.