Brooch. Enamel, silver, steel, gold.
Valley of the Shadow,” brooch.
This piece is one of a collection of works journaling my experience of the coronavirus pandemic alone.
Sterling silver, original poem, vitreous enamel, steel, 24k gold; hand painted, torch fired, hand fabricated. 2.75” x .75”. I painted the image using powdered glass and water and then heated it with a torch to fuse it to steel. I intended the image to look as though an old snapshot from long-ago travels – a memory – so I added scratches and areas of “overexposure” and blur.
The inscribed original poem reads:
She looks up.
I am still.
I want to wave.
I want to know
I am not a ghost.
Read the poem in its entirety here.
5 days ago
𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 Brooch in progress. Vitreous enamel; hand painted, torch fired. This is one of a series of art jewelry pieces incorporating dead, flightless, and falling birds. I designed these pieces to provoke a strong sense of compassion and charity; they are my response to a pervasive callousness, a call for empathy for others.