The Bling Series
The Bling Series is comprised of sculptures and installations, of or referencing, heirloom jewelry. A piece of jewelry being an asset as well as an article of adornment, for a lot of women can represent financial mobility and security, and subsequently, increased independence. My work explores how adorning one’s body can thus be a feminist act of resistance: a reclamation of space; an assertion of one’s agency.
Through my practice, I reconstruct the feminist agency to which adornment is a conduit, making it bigger and louder, wilder and more passionate. I use a diverse, texturally varied array of materials such as steel; bronze; mirror; fabric; gold leaf; and feathers. Building on my interest in how jewelry allows a woman to affect the ways in which she commands space, I play with weight, light, and shadow, to redefine architecture. Furthermore, to engage with the temporal quality of heirloom jewelry—as any one piece of jewelry is in conversation with history, the here and now, and the future—my sculptures illustrate the effects of time, either through natural or created rust, and materials such as dried rose petals.