Hidden Luminosity Brooch
Nu Gold, silver, copper, CZ, and tritium tube
4 x 4 x 1 inches
Photography and video by Josh Fryer
This brooch conceals a tritium light tube that glows ultraviolet blue in darkness. When closed, the viewer sees the glow. This hidden object is only best visible when it is in the dark. Once the petals are opened, the tube is exposed. The piece “blooms” by opening the geometric hinged petals. The wearer can place the hinges in an upward or downward position. When hidden, the tritium tube is visible; but when exposed, the light is unable to be seen. This conundrum is an exciting element of the piece.
Darcie Beeman-Black is currently a Master of Fine Art in Metals graduate for Spring 2018 at Memphis College of Art. Creating wearable sculptures in non-ferrous metal is her domain. In the past six months, Darcie won the Juror’s Choice Award in the 2017 Charles Lewton-Brain International Foldforming Competition, the Hohenberg MFA Scholarship, The River Arts Fest Graduate Scholarship, and the SNAG Conference Scholarship. Museums, galleries, and universities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Illinois, and California exhibited her work last year. Models also walked her work down runway shows in Los Angeles and New Orleans. She made the President’s List for two consecutive semesters for receiving a 3.8 GPA or higher last year. Darcie is also an art educator for the Community Education department at Memphis College of Art. She was selected as a Winter Artist Resident at the Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina in 2017 and 2018. Darcie is an active member of the College Art Association and Society of North American Goldsmiths. Her goals include both teaching metal art and creating wearable sculpture after attaining her degree in the spring.