SMALL and HEAVY, BIG and LIGHT, 2016
This project was inspired by chronic knee pain. The “strength” ring symbolizes how, even if you are in pain, you must keep going and you will make it through the pain. The hollow construction top is made from nickel silver and I left gaps in the hollow construction to show that our bodies are not always as solid as we want them to be. I used 8 gauge copper wire for the bottom of the ring to serve as a gripping device. The ring feels very strong and solid in your hand and being able to grip the wire while wearing the ring reinforces this feeling.
The “fragility” brooch symbolizes how our bodies seem to be solid and strong but, in reality, they can fail you. The hollow construction shapes are slightly mishapened in order to show our bodies not being able to perfectly fit together. The hollow construction pieces are an abstract version of the leg bones-the left side representing the lower leg, and the right side representing the upper leg and part of the hip. I used eggshells to represent kneecaps and how they can easily be broken if we are not careful. The sterling silver balls laying in the eggshells represent the hope that our bodies will be able to repair themselves if taken care of properly.
This project was featured on blog "The Carrotbox." Click the link to check it out!