Necklace. 2021. Shakudo, sterling silver, fine silver, 18K royal gold, shibuichi, platinum, 22K gold. Constructed and inlaid.
20” length x 1/8” deep
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When our lives have been shattered, we cling to an amalgam of memory fragments. We experience loss, and are left only with broken shards of what had once been. A familiar place, a tie or handkerchief, a ring or photograph, strewn among confused patterns in the mind. They are intermingled – the good and bad, the ugly and the beautiful.
Patterns are dear to my heart, which is why I used them to express the fragments of memory that persist after a loss. Part-to-whole relationships has been a consistent theme in my work through the years, where ordered components represent a larger theme or structure. Shattered presents the inverse perspective of this relationship: that the whole, once broken, cannot be reconstituted from its parts. I was initially reluctant to begin this project because it represents discord rather than unity, but loss is a part of life and this piece presents that reality.