Sulo Bee is a nonbinary interdisciplinary metalsmith and maker based in Central Texas. They hold a BFA in Metals and Jewelry from Texas State University in 2018 and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2022. Sulo has exhibited their work nationally and internationally with various galleries, and Jewelry Weeks in Budapest, Milan, and New York. They are a co-founder of Queer Metalsmiths where they seek to uplift queer voices in the field of metalsmithing and craft. During NYC Jewelry Week 2022 they served as a panelist on “Identity Adorned: The Intersection of Jewelry and Queerness” at the Museum of Art and Design while exhibiting their work with Sienna Patti Contemporary at R&Company. Sulo was named one of ten artists in the nation for the 2022 Emerging Artist Cohort with American Craft Council and later received the esteemed Marzee Graduate Prize at the International Graduate Show with Galerie Marzee. They are a participant in the GEMz talent programme with Current Obsession Magazine, developing a body of work for exhibition in the Netherlands during OBSESSED! Jewellery Festival this fall. Sulo is currently developing new work for an group exhibition at Galerie Marzee in January 2024. You can find their work at with Sifuentes Metalsmith in San Antonio, Texas and the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.
My work is a response to lived experiences and how they materialize as the need to imbue my surroundings with magic. Couching my subversion to contemporary society in vibrant colors and intricate metal constructions, I express to others what defines my non-binary identity—something that is ever-evolving. Binaries blur as I layer, respond, and transform elements through experimental techniques in metalworking — resulting in clarity and a new visual language that allows me to articulate the specificities of my identity. I continually reanalyze myself in relation to the objects I create to position myself in an enigmatic realm, an inbetween space, called $P4RKL3_FiLTH_CL0UD_NiN3—a place where equilibrium and a sense of belonging converge to feel like equal parts sparkle and filth.