Medium/Materials: Sterling silver, silk cord, wool felt, agate
Dimensions: 3 x 2.5 x 1.5 inches
Photographer: Masako Onodera
Throughout human history, jewelry been a means to communicate status and symbol. Stones have been instilled with different symbolic meanings by various cultures, yet each stone seems to carry its own common language that can be interpreted by anyone. As an artist working with setting stones, I have to understand what the materials are conveying to the viewer, and how those interpretations fall in line with the intentions of my piece. The bond that is built during the formation of a piece stems from an appreciation of materials and their meaning. In the end, the stone retains its own cultural and geological significance, while also lending itself to speak for the piece. Light speaks to the relationship between the cultural significance of a reliquary, and the refractory properties of its materials.
Andrea is an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Stout persuing my BFA in the Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry program. She will be showing her senior thesis in fall 2017. She was born and raised in rural Wisconsin with her closest neighbors being an old creamery and an Episcopalian church. She found metal while taking an elective studio class for an industrial design program. She changed her major and have been in love ever since.