copper, silver, bronze, vitreous enamel, paper, thread, found object
2014

This is the first locket in my Saudade locket series. Most of the images and illustrations, either etched or on lazertran, and some of the text, are from an 1800's children's book called Museum of Wonders. Is that what our earth is going to be if we don't take better care of it, a museum of wonders? Are our children learning to care for the earth or use it as an ever-plentiful resource?

The text contrasts two forms of wisdom, one in which animals (and by extension natural life in general) are dominated over and thought of as "lesser" creatures. The other recognizes animals, or natural forms of life, as sources of wisdom and knowledge for mankind.

To activate the mechanics in this piece, you must hold the hand of the man and lift it up and down, as though it were your own hand. Think as you do, about how animals/natural forms of life fit into your general world view. Are they peripheral? An irritation? A delight? From textile artist Polly Hardy: "...innately we are animals but have manipulated or elevated ourselves into something more ('more' being a self proclaimed 'more' as top of the food chain and perhaps 'civilized') however we are still incredible primitive and instinctual creatures. We almost fight against what makes us human or at very least, there is a huge inner struggle between morality and instinct."

Why do we love to get a fortune from the fortune telling machine? Because it implies that we are connected to something larger, that we are known and valued and noticed by the universe. We are. And every one of our actions should take this into consideration.

I'm sure you can guess what your fortune says, "the flower is always in the almond", from writer Henri Bosco--one of the most beautiful phrases of hope that I have ever heard.

A note about why you will usually always see the influence of very old toys (in this case, the two monkeys) in my work: We all have memories from childhood of favorite toys, beloved objects, transformational trinkets, that connected us to an imaginary world of possibilities, entirely of our own making. I am trying to keep that door open.

Views: 81

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Latest Activity

Janis Kerman posted a photo

PERIDOT EARRINGS

STERLING SILVER, 18KT, PERIDOT
Wednesday
Brigitte Martin posted a blog post
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"clerkenwell design…"
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"The 12 finalists in with a chance of scooping the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize will be announced live on Woman’s Hour on Monday morning. Tune…"
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Craft Central Moves To The Forge…"
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"V&A unveils new museum shop inspired by “craftsmanship”The remodelled retail space has been designed by architectural practice Friend & Company, and features a craft demonstration area and tiled flooring inspired by the…"
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Createch 2017 We are expecting as much change in the next 20 years as in the preceding 60. Entrepreneurs, Intrapreneurs and creative thinkers are taking the lead in this rapidly changing world fostered by technology and enabled by…"
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"West Dean Arts and Craft Festival2 - 4 June 2017, 10am-5pm (last entry…"
Saturday

Masthead Credits

Copper, bronze, brass, silver, vitreous enamel.


© 2017   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service