SULO BEE is an interdisciplinary maker and metalsmith. Their work is a response to lived experiences and how they materialize as the fragmented narratives that define their Trans Non-Binary identity. Through iterative processes, automatic drawing, reactive construction, and colorful surface treatments, they address the gray area between self and contemporary society. Their work serves as a wearable protective place: a queerness of the in-between, a state of equilibrium, a space for balance and belonging.
SULO earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in Metals and Jewelry in 2018 and their MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2022. They were included in the One for the Future program with NYC Jewelry Week and completed a three-month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center in 2018. SULO is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, SNAG JaMS, Klimt 02, ARTISTAR Jewels, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine. SULO is a co-founder of the Queer Metalsmiths organization where they seek to center and uplift individuals on the 2SLGBTQIA+ spectrum in the field of craft. SULO was named one of ten artists in the nation for the 2022 Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council. They were recently awarded the Marzee Graduate Prize at the 36th annual Marzee International Graduate Show in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
SULO is currently an Artist in Residence at the Mendocino Art Center in California where they are exploring the nature that surrounds them while searching for the tender queer subtleties that exist in both the plant and animal life. Through collaboration of found objects in nature and their personal aesthetics, they seek to address their needs to imbue their surroundings with magic.