The Hidden Treasures of Elizabeth Goluch

Northern House Mosquito by Elizabeth Goluch

Northern House Mosquito by Elizabeth Goluch

American Cockroach by Elizabeth Goluch

American Cockroach by Elizabeth Goluch

Elizabeth Goluch is a metalsmith from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her gallery contains (frustratingly small) images of well-loved, despised, and under-appreciated invertebrates wrought in precious metals and gemstones.  Goluch’s insects have working hinges, and each holds within them a tiny treasure, an object that is often a play on their name, or other association.  Her violin beetle contains a tiny violin bow. The ladybug hinges open to reveal an intricate house on fire.  The praying mantis contains… a male mantis head. What is more, her reverence and fascination with insects goes well beyond ladybugs and dragonflies (all too common in insect-related jewelry). Her copper and silver cockroach opens to reveal.. a small cockroach that has an even smaller delicate jewel cockroach within, an inspired reference to the fabled fecundity of Blattids!

Earwig, by Elizabeth Goluch

Earwig by Elizabeth Goluch

Earwig by Elizabeth Goluch

Earwig by Elizabeth Goluch

Sadly, my absolute favorite in this series, her European Earwig, has images so small I cannot make out what wonderful treasure it contains.. I think it’s a fresh-water pearl, but unsure. Just take a moment to consider:  Earwig. Copper and Silver. With pearls inside. It just makes me so happy to see an unloved insect get this kind of attention! If that wasn’t enough, she has also constructed woodlouse-inspired rings and terrifying jellyfish.  I would love to see these works in person.

Especially the earwig.

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  1. (Halifax) – “I love her, just love her. I think I’ll have to make her.” Beginning with a close-up shot of a dead fly clinging to a branch, Lady Bug opens a door into the amazing world of Elizabeth Goluch’s meticulously crafted, larger-than-life insect sculptures. “It’s just been something that’s been an innate part of my entire life,” says Elizabeth, “Everybody would be like ‘Ew! Bugs!’ and I’d be ‘Yes! Bugs!’ “

    Craft Alliance and the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council are thrilled to release Lady Bug, the fifth in a series of six short documentary films about some of Nova Scotia’s master craftspeople called Life’s Work: Six Conversations with Makers.

    Each of Elizabeth’s metal insect sculptures can take months to research and fabricate. Using gold, silver, gemstones, and various other materials, she incorporates aspects of an insect’s life into each sculpture’s design. Habits and habitat, mating calls, folk tales, and nursery rhymes — no element of an insect’s life escapes her thorough research. Every sculpture also contains a hidden compartment that holds its ‘treasure’, now an anticipated element in the insects she creates. “My work has become known for what I call treasures in a secret compartment,” Elizabeth notes. “What was important enough in the life of that insect to be the treasure?”

    Director Ben Proudfoot introduces the viewer to the ‘crazy bug lady’ as she shares her excitement and enthusiasm for her subject matter, noting there are ‘gazillions’ of insects that she can re-create. “I’m even more excited now than when I started. Now I feel that I can achieve much closer to what I want to achieve because my skills are catching up to my vision,” Elizabeth says. “I love what I do. I’ll die with my boots on, with my hammer in my hand. This is me. This is me making insects. That’s my life.”

    To view Lady Bug, and the other films in the Life’s Work series, please click the following link:

    Craft Alliance, the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council and Breakwater Studios all wish to thank ACOA Nova Scotia and Film and Creative Industries Nova Scotia for their support and assistance with this exciting project.

    For more information, including high resolution images, please contact:

    Julie Rosvall, NSDCC Program Coordinator,

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