As craftsmen, what compels us to utilize materials that will outlast ourselves?
In my series Ephemeral Pleasures, granulated sugar replaces traditional fine gemstones which usually adorn the necklace. Through use, my “gems” will decompose, shrink, and fall out of the piece, leaving the owner with a skeleton of the original. This ephemeral component to my work therefore adds certain limitations to the series: length of time worn, physical display of my work (shipping is impossible), and longevity (the sugar lasts for no longer than a year).
Why then, do we as artists utilize non-precious and ephemeral materials?