Born in 1971 in Alstead, NH, Sephora Mensoff began her life-long interest in metalworking at the age of five in her father’s workshop, where she was introduced to the art of boat building. She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture and Metalsmithing from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1995. Soon after, Sephora Mensoff headed to Atlanta, Georgia, where she has since established her own studio, specializing in sculpture, furniture, and architectural works.
Sephora Mensoff’s personal work often uses the imagery of boats and ships as metaphors for life experiences and as story-telling tools. The boat form is a vessel and magical symbol for transition, while the ocean represents mystery and power, and the ebb and flow of the past and present.
In 2005, Sephora Mensoff received her M.F.A. in Sculpture from Georgia State University. She has taught on the college level and presented at national and international blacksmithing workshops and conferences. Her prestigious metalworking awards include the Best in Show Award, from Annette Cone-Skelton of MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA; Silver Award, from Icarus International, Silver Sculpture Award from NOMMA, and a number of other awards. Sephora Mensoff’s metalwork is on permanent display in Atlanta at the Martin Luther King National Historic Site, The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, King and Spaulding’s Contemporary Art Collection, Temple Sinai and many private collections internationally. She continues to exhibit in museums, galleries, and public art venues.
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