Ring. Sterling silver, enameled steel
This piece is part of my Tiny Catastrophes series, a limited edition collection of one-of-a-kind pieces that explore natural disaters and our desires to prevent, explain, and control them.
Sometimes I am inspired by my dreams, which are vivid and often revolve around themes of natural disasters. This is true of my Dust Bowl ring. I designed the focalpoint, a tiny enameled painting, to be reminscent of photos of the Dust Bowl, an ecological catastrophe of the 1930s when the U.S. midwest was plagued by massive, deadly dust storms due to overfarming and soil erosion.
I created the tiny image using watercolor enamels, a method of painting with finely ground glass and then firing it with a torch. The heat fuses the "paint" to the metal, making it permanent. The minature painting depicts an enormous dust cloud that threatens a stark horizon. In the fireground, telephone poles cast odd shadows.
For the setting of this piece, I wanted to create proportions that are a little strange and unsettling, much like the surreal lighting and giant plume of dust depicted in the scene. I fabricated an extra deep bezel which rests upon a minimal square shank, and set the enamal atop a step within the bezel. I also installed a hidden rattle inside the bezel so it makes a sound like windblown granules when it moves; the idea of this made me smile – like putting an ear to a seashell to listen for looming disaster rather than the sea.
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Ring. Size 7
Watercolor enamel on steel, hidden rattle, sterling silver.
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