2nd Place Winner - Exhibiting Artist
Reliquary to the One in Eight
Brass, copper, sterling silver, and breast cancer charm from my aunts breast cancer survivor bracelet
4 x 4 x 1 inches
Photographed by artist
Hidden; out of sight; concealed. Within one in eight women is a small undetectable growth in the breast slowly germinating to the point of destruction. It lays in wait in our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunts. For eight years I watched my aunt struggle to become a survivor of breast cancer. Two years ago she lost her war and became a casualty of the breast cancer curse that plagues our times. This piece is a reliquary to the strength, grit and determination of the one in eight. Women who will face or have faced the traumatic battle against breast cancer with unfathomable grace and dignity. Hidden behind one of the eight elements in this brooch is the breast cancer ribbon charm that dangled daily from her charm bracelet.
Stacy Rodgers has always been fascinated with anatomy because every line, every recess, every form has a strong refined purpose which is the sustaining of life in an organism. The essence of her artistic voice is the highlighting of the explosive undulating lines and corresponding negative shapes within life forms across our world through the techniques of metalsmithing. Stacy is focused on getting people to wear anatomy and not just the anatomy in our bodies but also the anatomy from within a starfish, microscopic organism or tree. A statement on the connection within all life that we take for granted or sometimes refuse to see at all. Stacy received her BFA in Metalsmithing/Jewelry from the University of Kansas in 2007. Stacy placed as a finalist in the Society of Contemporary Craft’s 2018 LEAP Award.