10 x 10 x 3/4 in.
My work, besides being an aesthetic and technical investigation, has always served as a reminder for myself not to drift too far away from important values in life. The pandemic certainly has continued to provide inspiration and reinforce my interest in these directions.
I agree that we need to deal with our daily chores and responsibilities (that is why I chose the title of the necklace “but there were planes to catch and bills to pay”); however, we can easily get caught up in it to the point that it becomes our only focus (I look at this as playing with fire as represented in the match’s interplay with hay/paper/dollar bill). For most of us, as the pandemic has created fear and chaos, it has also provided us with opportunities to reexamine our priorities in life – our family, friends, and loved ones. It also forces us to take a painful look at how we treat each other and function as a nation at time of health crisis and political polarization (the curved pencil and fractured rock represent the vulnerability and fluidity of the constitution and national norms and values).